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WORLD KIDNEY DAY 2020: Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere-from Prevention to Detection and Equitable Access to Care

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According to the latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 5-10 million people die annually from kidney disease.

In 2010, 2.62 million people received dialysis worldwide, with this number projected to double by 2030.

In the Philippines, the Department of Health reports that one person dies every hour from kidney disease. Kidney failure is currently the ninth leading cause of death among Filipinos. The estimated treatment rate for kidney failure is only 86 Filipinos per million population (PMP), in comparison to 100-300 PMP in South Korea and the US.

Even more troubling is that research has shown that the cost of treatment of earlier forms of chronic kidney diseases appears to be much greater than expenditures for outright renal failure.

Nevertheless, given the lack of awareness for kidney diseases, poor access to health care for those less fortunate, and limited epidemiologic data, these numbers are clearly underestimated.

World Kidney Day 2020 emphasizes the importance of halting the development and progression of renal disease by primary prevention, early detection of its presence, and tertiary prevention of kidney diseases’ innumerable complications.

2020 is the year of preventive intervention. This year we aim to alter the common modifiable risk factors for kidney diseases, including management of hypertension and diabetes, familiarity with nephrotoxic medications, poor dietary choices, and the importance of adequate hydration. We promote increased physical activity and a well-balanced diet as well as regular screening for the common causes of chronic kidney disease. We aspire for early detection and treatment of kidney diseases at the primary care level as well timely bridging of patients to subspecialty care for management and control of kidney disease and its complications.

This year’s World Kidney Day focuses on providing equal access to quality health care for all individuals regardless of economic or social status. We take a stand and uplift the fact that kidney health care should not be exclusive to the privileged few.

We call for the incorporation of kidney health programs in local and national government units’ services and yearly advocacies. We encourage training of primary care physicians in recognizing and managing the early signs and risk factors for kidney disease. In 2020, we push for rigorous monitoring of the prevalence and incidence of these diseases in order to aid local and world leaders identify the need for easily accessible but competent renal health services as well as provide data for research for innovative kidney health management strategies.

This year we also highlight the importance of patient empowerment via awareness of their risk factors, the signs and symptoms, and changes they can make in their day to day lives to prevent and control kidney diseases. For in knowledge of kidney health, there is power.

This year we have prepared the following activities to celebrate World Kidney Day 2020:

  1. World Kidney Day Video Presentation Contest
    1. Local chapters of the Philippine Society of Nephrology and Nephrology fellowship training institutions will vie for the first place in a video contest portraying this year’s World Kidney Day Theme.
    2. All videos will be posted on the WKD Philippines 2020 Facebook page
    3. Deadline: March 10, 2020
    4. Announcement of Winners: March 12, 2020
  2. World Kidney Day Online Photo Contest
    1. Local chapters of the Philippine Society of Nephrology and Nephrology fellowship training institutions will vie for the first place in a photography contest portraying this year’s World Kidney Day Theme.
    2. All photos will be posted on the WKD Philippines 2020 Facebook page
    3. Deadline: March 5, 2020
    4. Announcement of Winners: March 8, 2020
  3. World Kidney Day Art Exhibition and Contest
    1. A free-for-all contest and art exhibition where doctors, health professionals, trainees and patients may submit their portrayal of our 2020 WKD theme in their media (canvas, digital art, etc) of choice. The three best art pieces will win exciting prizes
    2. Date: March 9-11, 2020 9-5PM
    3. Venue: UST Hospital St. John Macias, OP Building 4th floor Vestibule (in front of Doctor’s Clinic)
  4. Kidney Disease Prevention Lay Forum
    1. Date: March 10, 2020 10AM-12NN
    2. Venue: UST Hospital St. John Macias, OP Building Gazebo Dining Area
  5. Renal Health Information booth
    1. Location: UST Hospital Vestibule
    2. Date March 10-11, 2020, 9-5PM
  6. Thirsty Thursday
    1. The emphasis of adequate hydration and kidney health will be conducted within the wards of UST Hospital St. John Macias, OP Building. Pamphlets regarding adequate hydration and preventive interventions as well as bottles of water will be distributed
    2. Date: March 12, 2020, 10AM
  7. Proteinuria screening and Blood Pressure Testing
    1. Patients at the out-patient department will be screened using the dipstick method for proteinuria and risk factors for developing kidney disease.
    2. Date: March 13, 2020, 10AM-12NN

(Gelyka Ruth R. Dumaraos, Media Relations Officer, Philippine College of Physicians)

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