- World Kidney Day is observed annually on the second Thursday in March.
- The theme for this year is ‘Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere’.
- The day is observed to create awareness on the importance of the kidneys and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney disease.
- According to the WHO report, 850 million people worldwide are now estimated to have kidney diseases from various causes.
- Chronic kidney disease (CKD) causes at least 2.4 million deaths per year and is now the 6th fastest growing cause of death.
- It is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF).
- The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs found in vertebrates.
- They are located on the left and right in the retroperitoneal space, and in adult, humans are about 11 centimetres in length.