World Kidney day observes today

Islamabad: World Kidney Day will be observed today Thursday across the world including Pakistan to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.

World Kidney Day 2013 is focusing on Acute Kidney Injury. “Stop Kidney Attack” Protect your kidneys‚ find out how” By focusing on `kidney attack’‚ World Kidney Day seeks to raise awareness of AKI and stimulate discussion‚ education and policy development leading to improved prevention and treatment of this major kidney disease across the globe.

Many people are currently not aware that their kidneys are damaged and they might find out too late. The need for dialysis or transplantation can be avoided if kidney diseases are detected early. As a patient there is something you can do share your story and raise awareness of the risk factors for kidney disease. In recent years the global kidney community has recognized the urgent need to increase awareness of Acute Kidney Injury AKI amongst physicians and hospital staff‚ but also the need for a public awareness campaign to demystify this dangerous condition and make `kidney attack’ recognizable to the public in a similar way that heart attack and stroke campaigns have done.

Past World Kidney Days have seen more than 600 events in well over 90 countries participating in the World Kidney Day celebrations. On World Kidney Day all governments are encouraged to take action and invest in further kidney screening.