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World Kidney Day

Held every year on the second Thursday in March, World Kidney Day is an awareness day that brings global attention to the importance of kidney health. The day aims to highlight the risk factors that can lead to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

Young man undergoing dialysis.
With medical intervention, people with CKD can live a long and fulfilling life.
With medical intervention, people with CKD can live a long and fulfilling life.

In addition, one of the primary goals of the World Kidney Day is to educate the public about the management of CKD and to encourage people to consider kidney donation and transplants as an effective way to help those with kidney failure. The observance was established in 2006 as a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF).

The Body's Filter

Responsible for removing waste products from the human body by filtering the blood, regulating blood pressure, and producing critical life-sustaining hormones, kidneys are two bean-shaped organs located under a person's rib, one on each side.

By helping the body excrete waste and excess fluid through urine, kidneys help optimize the composition of blood, keep bones strong, and help the body make red blood cells. Any breakdown in the function of the kidneys can lead to poor health at a minimum, and can be fatal at the extreme.

Maintaining Kidney Health

Because of this, reducing the risk of kidney disease and failure is essential. Medical professionals suggest that healthy eating, keeping one's weight in check, and keeping active are simple ways for people to ward off kidney disease. In addition, it is recommended that people at risk for kidney disease should try to avoid overusing over-the-counter and prescription drugs, as well as regularly screening their blood sugar levels and blood pressure.

Managing Kidney Disease

One of the primary purposes of World Kidney Day is to advocate best practices in detecting and effectively managing kidney diseases and kidney failure. If detected early enough, kidney disease can be easily treated with medication and diet. Those with chronic high blood pressure, diabetes, and other conditions that can affect kidney function are therefore encouraged to get routine checks for kidney function.

Encouraging Organ Donation

As kidney disease progresses, management and treatments include medication, diet, and dialysis – artificially eliminating waste produced by the body. A kidney transplant is also an option available for people suffering from CKD. Replacing the defective organ with a healthy organ from a donor can help reverse poor kidney function and increase the quality of life. Because a person needs only one kidney to survive, a kidney donor can be a live family member or friend or even a good samaritan stranger.

What Happens on World Kidney Day?

World Kidney Day is not an official holiday, so businesses, schools, and government offices are open. Kidney health groups, educators, medical professionals, and policy-makers organize outreach drives, conferences, and workshops to bring attention to the importance of kidney health in maintaining a happy and fulfilling lifestyle.

World Kidney Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
ThuMar 112010World Kidney DayWorldwide observance 
ThuMar 102011World Kidney DayWorldwide observance 
ThuMar 82012World Kidney DayWorldwide observance 
ThuMar 142013World Kidney DayWorldwide observance 
ThuMar 132014World Kidney DayWorldwide observance 
ThuMar 122015World Kidney DayWorldwide observance 
ThuMar 102016World Kidney DayWorldwide observance 
ThuMar 92017World Kidney DayWorldwide observance 
ThuMar 82018World Kidney DayWorldwide observance 
ThuMar 142019World Kidney DayWorldwide observance 
ThuMar 122020World Kidney DayWorldwide observance 

Quick Facts

World Kidney Day is an annual observation that attempts to raise global awareness about the importance of kidney health and tries to bring attention to the unique challenges faced by those who suffer from Chronic Kidney Disease.

World Kidney Day 2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016

World Kidney Day 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017


Name in other languages

World Kidney DayEnglish
El Día Internacional del RiñónSpanish
יום הכליה עולמיHebrew
اليوم العالمي للكلىArabic
세계 신장의 날Korean
Verdens nyre-dagNorwegian

List of dates for other years

Fun Holiday on March 10, 2016

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