Observed on the second Thursday of March every year, World Kidney Day aims at preventing the increasing spread of kidney diseases in the world and reducing its prevalence. The campaign, World Kidney Day, initiated in the year 2006 by the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF) in 66 countries and post that it became a global observance day. This year, the theme of World Kidney Day is “Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere”. It aims at preventing, timely detecting, and providing necessary treatment to kidney patients. Also Read - World Kidney Day 2019: 4 most common kidney problems you need to be aware of

Significance of World Kidney Day

Kidney disease is quite prevalent worldwide. It has been found to affect approximately 850 million people globally. The burden of kidney disease is increasing day by day and it has been predicted to become the fifth most common cause of mortality worldwide by 2040. According to the reports of the National Health Portal of India, around one in 10 people suffer from chronic kidney disease worldwide. The massive impact kidney disease has on the human population, is definitely of great concern. And, that is why a campaign or program like World Kidney Day is required. On this day, various health organisations around the globe organise shows and programs to make people aware of the risk factors of chronic kidney disease and also inform about the measures to prevent the condition. Also Read - World Kidney Day 2019: Six Tips You Need to Follow to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy

Themes of World Kidney Day so far

2019: Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere Also Read - World Kidney Day: Dr Hemal Shah Answers Top Questions About Chronic Kidney Diseases

2018: Kidneys & Women’s Health. Include, Value, Empower

2017: Kidney Disease & Obesity – Healthy Lifestyle for Healthy Kidneys

2016: Kidney Disease & Children – Act Early to Prevent It!

2015: Kidney Health for All

2014: Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and aging

2013: Kidneys for Life – Stop Kidney Attack!

2012: Donate – Kidneys for Life – Receive

2011: Protect your kidneys: Save your heart

2010: Protect your kidneys: Control diabetes

2009: Protect your kidneys: Keep your pressure down

2008: Your amazing kidneys!

2007 CKD: Common, harmful and treatable

2006: Are your kidneys OK?