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World Kidney Day - Raising awareness for Chronic Kidney Disease

 
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Standing up for kidney health

On the 12th of March, Fresenius Medical Care Indonesia celebrated World Kidney Day by organising an awareness event in cooperation with the Indonesian Society of Nephrology. The aim of this event was to highlight the prevalence, risks, preventive measures, as well as therapy options of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) to the public. 

The World Kidney Day organisation is a joint initiative by the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). World Kidney Day’s mission aims to raise awareness of the important role our kidneys play to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.

The main causes leading to CKD are diabetes and hypertension in most countries. Around 1 in 3 people in Indonesia suffers from hypertension.1

This is why, to keep CKD at bay, it is important to conduct regular checks amongst others on blood pressure, as well as to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Held at R.S. Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in Jakarta, this year’s kidney disease awareness event was themed around the ageing kidneys. Local doctors informed the audience about the kidneys’ functions, as well as risk factors, early detection and prevention of CKD. Also therapy options of CKD were discussed with the audience. Specifically, patients with diabetes and hypertension should undergo a systematic screening for CKD. If CKD is diagnosed at an early stage, it can be treated and moreover lead to a reduction of other complications.2

250 people – mostly current in-hospital patients, as well as hospital visitors attended the interesting talks and used the opportunity to ask the doctors questions around the kidneys and good kidney health.

Fresenius Medical Care staff handed out World Kidney Day badges to the audience as a reminder emphasising the importance of a ‘kidney-friendly’ lifestyle.

To learn more about World Kidney Day, click here. 

References:

  1. Rahajeng E, Tuminah S. Prevalence of Hypertension and Its Determinants in Indonesia, Journal of Indonesian Medical Association, 2009, 59 (12): 580-587.
  2. World Kidney Day Organisation, Available: http://www.worldkidneyday.org/about/day (Accessed 10 April 2014)