World Kidney Day and International Women’s Day 2018

WKD-smaller-(1).jpgWorld Kidney Day is a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys.

World Kidney Day and International Women’s Day 2018 are commemorated on the same day, offering an opportunity to reflect on the importance of women’s health and specifically their kidney health.

The global organizers of World Kidney Day are working to share several key messages on March 8.

  • CKD is the 8th leading cause of death in women causing more than 600,000 female deaths a year.
  • 195 million women worldwide are affected by Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
  • CKD is more likely to develop in women compared with men, with an average 14% prevalence in women and 12% in men.
  • Some kidney diseases such as lupus nephropathy or kidney infection are more common in women.
  • Women who have CKD during pregnancy are at increased risk for negative outcomes for the mother and the baby; pregnancies in women with advanced CKD are most challenging.
  • Pregnancy-related complications increase the risk of kidney disease – women who had preeclampsia are at 4-to-5 times higher risk of developing end-stage kidney disease.
  • There is a clear need for higher awareness, timely diagnosis and proper follow up of CKD in pregnancy. In turn, pregnancy may be also a valuable occasion for early diagnosis of CKD, allowing planning of therapeutic interventions.

World Kidney Day promotes affordable and equitable access to health education, healthcare and prevention for kidney diseases for all women and girls in the world.

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