World Kidney Day
Help support those suffering from kidney-related diseases in March
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Kidney disease affects around 1.7 million Australians, with two people dying every hour from kidney-related diseases. This article looks at how World Kidney Day is helping to raise awareness of kidney disease and the importance of looking after your kidneys by leading a healthy lifestyle.
What is World Kidney Day?
World Kidney Day is an annual event held across the globe in mid to late March. Its aim is to raise awareness of kidney health including risk factors, preventative behaviours and how to live with kidney disease.
The specific objectives of World Kidney Day include:
- To raise awareness and highlight that diabetes and high blood pressure are key risk factors for kidney disease.
- To encourage systematic screening of all patients with diabetes and hypertension for kidney disease.
- To educate medical professionals about their key role in detecting and reducing the risk of kidney disease.
- To emphasise the important role of health authorities in controlling kidney disease.
- To encourage transplantation as the best option for kidney failure and organ donation as a life-saving initiative.
What’s happening in 2021?
The next World Kidney Day will be held on Thursday 11 March 2021. Obesity increases the risk of developing diabetes and hypertension. In obese individuals, the kidneys have to work harder, filtering more blood to meet the demands of increased body weight, which can damage the kidneys and increase the risk of developing kidney disease.
Every year hundreds of events take place with the aim of raising awareness about kidney disease and how it can be prevented, the risk factors and how to live a healthier life with the disease. Events may include things such as marathons, Zumba classes and seminars. You can get more information of upcoming events as well as further information about World Kidney Day 2021 from the website.
How can you get involved?
There are plenty of ways to get involved in World Kidney Day in Australia. You can participate in a variety of activities and events both in your local community and online. Check the World Kidney Day website for details. Or you can organise your own event, such as:
- Public awareness activities. Hand out leaflets or distribute educational material at public events.
- Nationwide campaigns. These can include multi-activity public events aimed at attracting as many participants as possible.
- Public screenings. Contact doctors, nurses or health professionals who could present free screenings about kidney disease.
- Awareness walks. These are one of the most common and successful activities, where participants are asked to walk a certain number of kilometres to show their support.
- Educational activities. Organise school presentations. You could approach doctors, kidney patients or representatives of kidney organisations.
- Online campaigns. This can be as complex as creating web pages to promote kidney health, or as simple as featuring the World Kidney Day promotional materials on your Facebook page.
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