World Kidney Day: History, Significance, Objectives, Themes

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Feb 28, 2022, 9:17

We celebrate World Kidney Day annually on the second Thursday in March. The day is marked on March 11 this year all across the world. Every year, over two lakh people in India develop renal disease, which is complex to identify.

Loss of appetite, weariness and frequent vomiting are common early signs of renal illness. Other symptoms include drowsiness, itching, and muscular tension. Drinking too much alcohol, not drinking enough water, eating a lot of meat and salt, smoking too much, using too many analgesics, and not urinating enough can cause kidney-related diseases.

World Kidney Day Themes




Kidney Health for All Bridge the Gap to Better Kidney Care


Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere Living Well with Kidney Disease


Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere from Prevention to Detection and Equitable Access to Care


Kidney Health for Everyone, Everywhere


Kidneys and Women's Health. Include, Value, Empower


Kidney Disease and Obesity Healthy Lifestyle for Healthy Kidneys


Kidney Disease and Children Act Early to Prevent It!


Kidney Health for All


Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Aging


Kidneys for Life Stop Kidney Attack!


Donate Kidneys for Life Receive


Protect Your Kidneys: Save Your Heart


Protect Your Kidneys: Control Diabetes

World Kidney Day Significance

Kidneys are crucial organs in our bodies that filter blood and discharge waste through urine. The joint committee of the International Society of Nephrology and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations was the first to organize world Kidney Day.

Every year, health organizations commemorate world Kidney Day to assist people in avoiding kidney illness. They run initiatives to raise awareness of kidney disease, prevention, and treatment.

World Kidney Day Objectives

  • Stress the importance of recognizing diabetes and high blood pressure as risk factors for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) on World Kidney Day.
  • Encourage patients with diabetes and hypertension to be checked for CKD regularly.
  • Encourage countries to take action and invest in more kidney screening on&World Kidney Day.
  • Encourage organ donation as a life-saving activity and transplantation as a best-outcome choice for renal failure.

World Kidney Day History

In 2006, World Kidney Day kicked off. The goal is to improve public knowledge about kidney-related diseases and treatments. Another aim of World Kidney Day is to increase awareness about the impact of renal disease on general health.

Goals of World Kidney Day

  • Encourage and embrace healthy habits on World Kidney Daylike exercising, eating a balanced diet, and avoiding tobacco. When suitable preventative strategies are in place, many kidney disorders can be avoided, postponed, and controlled.
  • Governmental organizations should provide affordable access to diagnostic tools like urine and blood tests. End-stage renal disease can be prevented or delayed by screening high-risk patients.

Challenges to World Kidney Day

  • Only 1850 nephrologists serve 1.3 billion people in India. The number of nephrology training posts is insufficient to meet the demand.
  • Hemodialysis units are in short supply.
  • The treatment costs are very high.
  • The nephrology services are distributed inequitably.
  • Renal transplant centres can only be found in big cities.
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FAQs on World Kidney Day

Q.1) What day is World Kidney Day?

We celebrate World Kidney Day on March 11 every year.

Q.2) Why do we celebrate World Kidney Day?

Health organizations commemorate World Kidney Day to educate people on preventing kidney disease and how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Q.3) What is the theme of World Kidney Day 2022?

The theme of World Kidney Day 2022 is Kidney Health for All Bridge the Gap to Better Kidney Care.