World Kidney Day being observed on 14th March Every year

  • 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).

Note:

  • 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.

 

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