On March 8, 2018 we will focus on women and kidney health with the aim of highlighting the specific issues that affect women, such as kidney disease and pregnancy, kidney infection and autoimmune diseases but also the disparity between men and women in access to kidney care. This year, World Kidney Day promotes affordable and equitable access to health education, healthcare and prevention for kidney diseases for all women and girls in the world.

Read more on: http://www.worldkidneyday.org/ 

Challenges of paediatric acute kidney injury in low-income and middle-income countries

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is an increasingly significant yet underdiagnosed problem in paediatric care, with potential long-term risks of chronic kidney disease in adulthood. In too many low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), AKI is a death sentence, with scarcities of resources and trained personnel precluding provision of effective care. Efforts to address this inequity will require worldwide determination and effort.

Read more on: http://www.thelancet.com/campaigns/kidney/updates/challenges-of-paediatric-acute-kidney-injury

Sustainable, affordable, quality dialysis for universal kidney care

End-stage kidney failure (ESKF), a condition in which kidney function falls to critical levels that threaten survival and quality of life, is becoming an increasing global, public health and financial burden and is considered a national priority in the majority of low-income countries (LIC) and lower-middle-income countries (LMIC)1,2. Whilst dialysis is lifesaving to patients with ESKF, only about one-half to three-quarters of all individuals with ESKF who require kidney replacement therapy actually receive it3.

Read more on: http://www.thelancet.com/campaigns/kidney/updates/sustainable-dialysis

Congratulations to Dr Ayla San from Turkey who received the ISN Pioneer award for eastern and central Europe in recognition of her outstanding and sustained contributions in establishing and developing nephrology.

ISN Programs Chair John Feehally and Eastern and Central Europe Regional Board Chair Rumeyza Kazancioğlu were honored to present Dr San with the ISN Pioneer award during the opening ceremony of the 13th Balkan Cities Association of Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation and Artificial Organs (BANTAO) congress, which was held last week in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Read more on: https://www.theisn.org/news/item/3197-isn-pioneer-award-goes-to-turkey-s-nephrology-innovator

This week we will be giving you access to our one-stop-shop campaign toolkit, offering a discount on our e-learning platform SCOPE and showing you how to get your hands on some great tailored infographics to share with your network.

Read more in the newsletter: http://ifkf.org/WorldObesityDay/11october-two-weeks-to-go.htm

Role of kidney health advocacy organizations in reducing the global burden of kidney disease

Whereas the global burden of kidney disease is substantial,1 the actual burden of kidney disorders in low-middle income countries (LMIC) may be even higher. National or regional registries related to the status of kidney health are lacking in many of these countries.

Read more on: http://www.thelancet.com/campaigns/kidney/updates/role-of-kidney-health-advocacy-organizations

This WorldObesityDay we are calling on all governments, health service providers, insurers and philanthropic organisations to prioritise investment in tackling obesity. This means investment in obesity treatment services, early intervention and prevention.

Read the newsletter: http://ifkf.org/WorldObesityDay/11Ocober2017-WorldObesityDay.htm


Here the program of the 24th Budapest Nephrology School organized by the Hungarian Kidney Foundation coming 26-31 August 2017.

Read: Program of the 24th Budapest Nephrology School

For further information please see: http://bns-hungary.hu/

Since World Kidney Day 2016, The Lancet Kidney Campaign has published monthly updates on issues relating to renal care, attracting the attention of global policy makers. We hope you enjoy reading them and will share these latest reads. One of the latest articles focuses on innovation and research discussed at the 54th European Renal Association — European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA) Congress in Madrid. The second update considers recent news in India regarding the Union Government's proposed a plan to fund dialysis treatment.

All full reading list and related content is also available to browse. See: http://www.thelancet.com/campaigns/kidney/updates

The theme of World Diabetes Day (WDD) 2017 - 14 November - is Women and Diabetes, with the slogan


Led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the campaign will promote the importance of affordable and equitable access for all women at risk for or living with diabetes to the essential diabetes medicines and technologies, self-management education and information they require to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes and strengthen their capacity to prevent type 2 diabetes.

Click HERE to read the more

How to set up PD centres: the Chinese perspective

Xueqing Yu
Department of Nephrology, The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

As a developing country with a population of 1.3 billion, China is resource-limited regarding healthcare, particularly in rural and remote areas. The growing prevalence of end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) nationwide in such a context highlights the need for peritoneal dialysis (PD) to promote this home-based and economical therapy [1].

Read more on: http://www.thelancet.com/campaigns/kidney/updates/how-to-set-up-pd-centres-the-chinese-perspective

The 2017 European Kidney Forum took place on the 11th of April in Brussels, hosted by the MEP Group for Kidney Health. This year’s edition focused on the second cluster of EKHA recommendations on sustainable kidney care: Patient Choice of Treatment.

Click here for the European Kidney Forum 2017 outcome report.

A short summary video of the event is available on the EKHA

  • YouTube channel here
  • On the EKHA website here


13th May 2017, the CKDu core group meeting was organised by Tamilnad Kidney Research Foundation (TANKER) Foundation with technical support from Indian Council of Medical Research. The main discussion was on coming to a consensus about the definition of CKDu and the priority areas for research to take forward the cause of CKDu.

Read more: http://ifkf.org/meetings/regional-meetings.html



Unravelling the clues behind a mysterious form of kidney disease

Doctors and researchers are struggling to understand the growing incidence and, so far unexplained, causes of chronic kidney disease in certain agricultural populations of Sri Lanka, South India and Latin America. Read this latest Lancet Kidney Campaign update.

Read more on: http://www.thelancet.com/campaigns/kidney/updates/unraveling-clues-behind-a-mysterious-form-of-kidney-disease 



UPDATE on Mexico Global Kidney Policy Forum

Conclusions from the first ISN Global Kidney Policy Forum

Read this latest Lancet Kidney Update that recounts the first ISN Global Kidney Policy Forum held on April 21, 2017. The resulting Conclusions of Mexico City are a 12-point set of measurable actions designed to curb the burden of kidney disease worldwide, with specific focus on Latin America.

Read more on: http://www.thelancet.com/campaigns/kidney/updates/conclusions-of-mexico-city


The case of neonatal acute kidney injury: Don't forget the babies!

David J. Askenazi
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Nephrology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, USA
Jennifer R. Charlton
University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Ronnie Guillet
MD, Golisano Children’s Hospital, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA

Extraordinary advances in neonatal care have markedly reduced the mortality of infants hospitalized in neonatal intensive care units (NICU). In the last few years, more publications, presentations and workshops have focused on kidney health in the NICU and its potential long-term renal health implications. Multiple single center reports suggest that neonatal acute kidney injury (AKI) is common and portends poor outcomes. These data are consistent with publications in adults and children suggesting that critically-ill patients do not just die from AKI, rather, AKI and fluid overload directly impact outcomes.1 Neonatal AKI is not only associated with increased mortality and length of stay,2 there is expanding evidence that NICU graduates are at risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD).

CKD affects millions of children and adults across the world and, like many adulthood diseases, may have its origins in early life. NICU graduates are at risk of developing CKD. Yet, the magnitude, underlying risk factors, and pathophysiology of the problem have not been fully elucidated. Existing studies suggest CKD in NICU survivors may be due to antenatal factors and postnatal exposures. Because glomerulogenesis continues into 34-36 weeks of post-conception, premature delivery disrupts nephrogenesis, leaving premature infants ‘primed’ for AKI and CKD.3 Previously, it was assumed that after an episode of AKI the kidney would recover kidney function completely. However, recent data from animals, children and adults with AKI suggest that survivors are indeed at risk of developing CKD.4 The full impact of AKI events during the first weeks of life on long-term kidney and health outcomes is not yet known.

Given the current state of AKI knowledge and the unique conditions of the neonate in the ICU, multiple questions about neonatal kidney health remain unanswered. Which neonates are at most risk of AKI and CKD? How do we improve our ability to recognize neonatal AKI earlier in the disease process? What clinical risk factors, nutritional, genetic, and environmental factors determine kidney health and/or disease? How do we recognize and prevent fluid overload in critically-ill neonates? What interventions can be used to prevent AKI and CKD and the consequences of failed organ function? What is the role of renal support devices in the care of critically-ill neonates with multi-organ failure? How is neonatal AKI different in those born in developed vs underdeveloped countries?

To answer these questions, several exciting initiatives are underway which promise to improve our understanding of neonatal AKI and enhance our ability to care for neonates with AKI. Groups such as the Neonatal Kidney Collaborative (neonatologists and pediatric nephrologists dedicated to improving neonatal kidney health) have formed and are conducting research on large international multi-center cohort studies. The NKC recently completed a 24-center multi-institutional study called Assessment of Worldwide Acute Kidney Epidemiology in Neonates (AWAKEN)5. Data from over 2000 sick neonates (born in 4 countries, across 24 centers) will allow investigators to understand the magnitude of the problem and have ample power to test whether AKI indeed portends poor outcomes after controlling for potential confounding variables. New devices, specifically designed to provide renal support therapy for neonates, have been developed and are currently being tested. These devices promise to enhance the ability to provide safe and reliable care to even the smallest infants. These advances will help improve the clinician’s ability to prevent, treat, support and prognosticate outcomes in vulnerable neonates at risk of kidney disease.


  1. Kaddourah A, Basu RK, Bagshaw SM, Goldstein SL, AWARE Investigators. Epidemiology of Acute Kidney Injury in Critically Ill Children and Young Adults. N.Engl.J.Med. 2017;376:11-20

  2. Selewski DT, Charlton JR, Jetton JG, Guillet R, Mhanna MJ, Askenazi DJ, et al. Neonatal Acute Kidney Injury. Pediatrics 2015;136:e463-73

  3. Carmody JB, Charlton JR. Short-term gestation, long-term risk: prematurity and chronic kidney disease. Pediatrics 2013;131:1168-79

  4. Chawla LS, Kimmel PL. Acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease: an integrated clinical syndrome. Kidney Int. 2012;82:516-24

  5. Jetton JG, Guillet R, Askenazi DJ, Dill L, Jacobs J, Kent AL, et al. Assessment of Worldwide Acute Kidney Injury Epidemiology in Neonates: Design of a Retrospective Cohort Study. Front.Pediatr. 2016;4:6


Source: http://thelancet.com/campaigns/kidney/updates/case-of-neonatal-acute-kidney-injury 

Research released today in light of World Kidney Day 2017 has revealed that that 55% of people in the UK with the most common risk factors for kidney disease (vascular disease, high blood pressure or diabetes) said they do not consider themselves to be at risk of kidney disease,

Read more on kidneyresearchuk.org news page: New survey finds 55% of people in UK at greatest risk of kidney disease are unaware of the risk they face.

 ‘Kidney’ was the word on thousands of lips on 9 March this year. Fundraisers and volunteers all around the UK took to the streets, hospitals and the airwaves to raise awareness of kidney disease and drum up support for the kidney cause as part of World Kidney Day. 

Read more on kidneyresearchuk.org news page: Creating a World Kidney Day wow!

13th Congress of The Arab Society of Nephrology and Renal Transplantation &
35th Annual Congress of The Egyptian Society of Nephrology and Transplantation

Read more on our reginal meeting page


Celebrate World Kidney Day and GET MOVING!
On March 9, 2017, we invite everyone to get up and get moving to celebrate their kidneys.
“#move4kidneys” is a symbolic gesture to remember that kidneys are vital organs and that they should be taken care of. This action urges everyone around the globe, from all cultures and ages, to keep fit and active.

You can find more information on the website: http://www.worldkidneyday.org/2017-campaign/move4kidneys/

World Kidney Day (WKD) is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF).

Since the first campaign over eleven years ago, World Kidney Day (WKD) has turned into a global phenomenon. On March 9, 2017, medical professionals, government officials, the general public, celebrities and patients will take action locally. Past World Kidney Days have seen more than 600 events in well over 90 countries participating in the World Kidney Day celebrations!

Find more information the website http://www.theisn.org/advocacy/world-kidney-day



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