World Kidney Day 2020 Theme:  

Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere – from Prevention to Detection and Equitable Access to Care


World Kidney Day 2020 highlights the importance of preventive interventions to avert the onset and progression of kidney disease.  

From Prevention to Detection and Equitable Access to Care

World Kidney Day 12 March 2020 - Kidney Healh for everyone from prevention to detection and equal access to care

Burden of kidney disease

Kidney disease is a non-communicable disease (NCD) and currently affects around 850 million people in ten adults has chronic kidney disease (CKD). The global burden of CKD is increasing, and is projected to become the 5th most common cause of years of life lost globally by 2040. Chronic kidney disease is a major cause of catastrophic health expenditure. The costs of dialysis and transplantation consume 2–3% of the annual healthcare budget in high-income countries; spent on less than 0.03% of the total population of these countries. In low-income and middle-income countries, most people with kidney failure have insufficient access to lifesaving dialysis and kidney transplantation.     Kidney patient on dialysis                                
Kidney patient on dialysis

Crucially, kidney disease can be prevented and progression to end-stage kidney disease can be delayed with appropriate access to basic diagnostics and early treatment. However, while national policies and strategies for NCDs in general are present in many countries, specific policies directed toward education and awareness about kidney disease as well as CKD screening, management and treatment are often lacking. There is a need to increase the awareness of the importance of preventive measures throughout populations, professionals and policy makers.

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Our New Zealand focus:  Early Detection through education

Kidney Health New Zealand is focussed on raising awareness of the risk and symptoms of Kidney disease in New Zealand through our Education Campaign.   Foccusing on public awareness and providing free kidney health checks we aim to encourage people to be aware of their kidney health.   Working with health professionals we will be raising their awareness of testing for kidney health to increate the number of early diagnosis.  Early diagnosis allows both patient and medical professionals to work together to main existing kidney function to halt the progression of the disease.

Geting kidney fit is a great way to ensure that you can maintian good kidney function and stay healthier.

Kidney fitness is achieved through getting a kidney check, or if you are at high risk checking your kidney health regularly, maintaining proper nutrition, engaging in physical exercise and getting rest.   We will be working on identifying undiagnosed kidney disease early.   Early identifying of kidney disease allows for lifestyle changes and medical management that will prevent the disease from progressing to the point that dialysis or a transplant is needed.  Once identified we can provide information on how to keep kidney fit because a fit kidney is a healthy kidney.

Are you Kidney fit?

1 in 10 people have kidney disease.   The problem is most of them don’t know it.  A kidney can lose up to 90% of its function before any symptoms show.  However, if caught early there is a good chance, depending on how the kidney is damaged, that the progression of the disease can be slowed or even halted.

Anyone can get kidney disease.  At greater risk are Maori and Pacific Islander’s, those with diabetes, hypertension or high blood pressure.

Kidney Health New Zealand (KHNZ) wants better kidney health for all New Zealander's.  We want people to be kidney fit.    To achieve this, we provide free kidney health checks, support those living with kidney disease, and support and encourage research into kidney disease.  

Once a kidney loses function, it cannot be recovered.   Once kidney function drops to 10%, dialysis or a transplant it needed.   8 people will start dialysis this week.