World Kidney Day is a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys.
The mission of World Kidney Day is:
- 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 is held annually on the second Thursday of March within Kidney Health Month. On World Kidney Day and throughout the month, special events and awareness-raising activities take place in communities across British Columbia and around the world.
The World Kidney Day Joint Steering Committee calls for everyone worldwide to not only be aware of the disease, but to actively know what their own kidney health measures are. For example, what their blood pressure is and what the treatment objectives are (WKD 2010). It is a cause that involves all of us in the kidney community worldwide — physicians, scientists, nurses and other health-care providers, patients, administrators, health-policy experts, government officials, nephrology organizations, and foundations. All need to be aware of the ways in which more attention to the kidney in the setting of government policies can lead to major benefits both to patients and to health-care budgets (WKD 2007).
With the 2022 theme of Bridging the Knowledge Gap to Better Kidney Care, BC Renal encourages kidney patients, their families and caregivers, as well as kidney care clinicians and policy makers to explore the many sections of our website, including Health Info, Research, Health Professionals, and Learning and Events. Also see our News & Stories and Patient and Family Engagement sections. Throughout, you will find information, resources, tools, and educational opportunities to improve your understanding of kidney health, kidney disease, managing care, and improving experiences of care and well-being.
See our Kidney Health Month page to learn about BC Renal campaigns for kidney health and early diagnosis of kidney disease. Access easy-to-use tools, resources and more.
Visit The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch to learn about their local campaigns.
Visit the World Kidney Day website to learn more about the global campaign.