Our new 2019 general campaign toolkit is now available on our website!

The campaign toolkit offers ideas and inspiration for WKD champions and campaigners throughout the world. It will provide your organization with all the materials you need to run an exciting and successful campaign.

This year our toolkit is easier to use than ever. It features many examples of activities and events as well as ready-made tweets and social media visuals!

If you wish to download the toolkit, visit our website. Should you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to contact our Campaign Manager Anne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Did you have a chance to read our latest blog posts? We share exciting stories and important information on Kidney Health. For instance, have you ever heard the story of the Trainor Siblings who played classic music in a Dialysis centre? Are you interested in learning more about how kidney disease is diagnosed? If yes, check our latest blog posts! 

Pin Your Event!

World Kidney Day 2019 is only three months away! Are you organizing an event for March 14? Do you want to share it with your community to advertise your activity or find like-minded collaborators? Make sure to pin your event to our interactive map. We are looking forward to seeing the map being filled with new pins. We hope you will join us again this year!

If you have any further questions or feedback, please feel free to contact our Campaign Manager Anne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you for your support!

The World Kidney Day team

NKFM will be hosting an international event, the 4th Renal Nutrition Seminar (4th RNS) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 6-7 December 2018.

This Seminar, the fourth in our series, is planned as an advanced course in renal nutrition targeting both local and international participation of dietitians, nephrologists, general practitioners, nurses and pharmacists. Our Faculty, comprising both international and local experts will deliver topics related to nutritional issues in dialysis patients and enhancing nutrition care of renal patients. The Seminar aims to provide delegates an update on advanced nutrition knowledge applied to kidney patient care.

See here the complete promotion flyer

Download the registration form

Click here for the complete program



Diabetes concerns every family this World Diabetes Day and diabetes awareness month

Diabetes concerns every family is the theme of World Diabetes Day and diabetes awareness month this November. The International Diabetes Federation is raising awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and promoting the role of the family in diabetes management, care, prevention and education.

Be part of the campaign and show your support by organizing or supporting diabetes awareness activities throughout the month of November.

Learn more, access campaign resources and share your activities through the links below.

Questions or comments on WDD 2018? Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Campaign toolkit, posters, infographics, social media visuals and more for use in your awareness activities. Available in English, French and Spanish.


Over 230 events in more than 50 countries are registered on the WDD 2018 events map. Share your activity information with us!



Get involved in IDF's social media activity for WDD and diabetes awareness month 2018 by liking, sharing or retweeting what we do.




Our new 2019 campaign theme - Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere - is now available in Arabic, Chinese (simple and traditional), French, Italian, Russian and  Spanish! The new translated pages include details of our 2019 theme and call for action. A useful tool to facilitate your local awareness raising and advocacy efforts!

We want to give a shout out to our Champions, whose support has been essential in the translation process. Thank you!

There is more exciting news! We have also uploaded new Campaign Materials for our 2019 theme!
To download, please click here.

Check out our website to discover the new pages and the new content we have just released!

WKD Social Media

A lot of fun and educational content gets posted on our social media every day. If you don’t want to miss out, then make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
For example, do you want to learn more about Kidney Disease prevention? Do you need some motivation in maintaining a healthy lifestyle? If yes, just follow us on our social media channels!

We would also be very happy to hear about your kidney-related story: if you suffer or have suffered from any form of Kidney Disease and want to talk about it, we would be happy to arrange an interview with you and feature you in our monthly blog. Want to share your experience, then contact Tara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pin your Event!

World Kidney Day 2019 is only four months away! Are you organizing an event for March 14? Do you want to share it with your community? Make sure to pin your event to our interactive map. We are looking forward to seeing the map being filled with new pins.
We hope you will join us again this year!
If you have any further questions or feedback, please feel free to contact Anne  at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you for your support!
The World Kidney Day team

World Obesity Federation would like to say thank you to everyone who helped us kick-start conversations to #endweightstigma

The campaign to #endweightstigma started with a bang on #WorldObesityDay Mainstream media coverage was secured in countries around the world. Cases of stigma were called out on social media. People with obesity took a stand and shared their experiences of stigma and discrimination with the world. None of this would have been possible without your help and support. The hard work continues. The campaign has only just started and we have a long road ahead to change perceptions. We outline below some of the ways you can help #endweightstigma

1. Work with media influencers and organisations in your country

You can send the template letter calling for the media to change to relevant organisations in your country. This might include regulators, unions, professional associations and journalists, encouraging them to change how they report on issues associated with obesity.

You can also share this with colleagues and patients so they can send the letter too, and post it on your website for people to download. Please see the template letter here and a list of the types of organisations you might want to send these to is available here

2. Report the current use of imagery and language in the media

Media coverage secured on #WorldObesityDay shows that media continue to stigmatise people with obesity. On the back of #WorldObesity Day, now is a good time to work constructively with journalists in your country to help change perceptions.

We have developed a range of evidence that can help you convince journalists to change how they report on the issues:

  • Building on our new research published in Clinical Obesity we’ve developed a report on weight stigma in the media, which focuses on media imagery and language. This is available for you to share through your own networks and with media in your country.
  • Media guidelines that journalists can use to improve how they report about obesity
  • The World Obesity Federation’s Image Bank, a resource for journalists who can use a range of non-stigmatising images free of charge

3. Follow @EndWeightStigma on Twitter

You may have seen our new Twitter handle @EndWeightStigma which highlights examples of weight and obesity stigma. We are encouraging people to send us everyday examples they see of weight stigma, by @mentioning the handle in tweets or using the hashtag #endweightstigma. Thank you to all of you who have already sent some through. Keep them coming – and spread the word!

Thank you all for your support to help us #endweightstigma

If you have any questions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All information and resources have been added to our World Obesity Day website. 

Pushing for Improvements
in Canada’s Organ Donation
and Transplantation System

On September 20, 2018, a Blood Health and Organ Transplantation supplement was published in Maclean's Magazine. It included an article about the improvements needed in Canada’s Organ Donation and Transplantation System. It also features Gwen Herrington’s perspective, a nurse and mother who speaks candidly about how her life has changed thanks to the kidney transplant she received.

Read the article.

Global News Report:

Calgary Woman Walks in Kidney March
to Honour Mother

Katherine Schneider walked in honour of her mother Sharalee in the ninth annual Kidney March. As Deb Matiekicka reports, the pair had planned to participate in the 3-day, 100-kilometre walk together. 250 Kidney Marchers took part in the event that raised over $940,000.

Watch now. 


Travel & Dialysis
Tips from Fellow Travelers - Part Three: Last Minute Tips

In the third and final installment of the series, get some last minute advice before you leave for your trip. Bon voyage!

Paul Kidston Recognized with
The Kidney Foundation of Canada's Highest Volunteer Honour

The Harold W. Ashenmil Award, considered the highest honour given to a volunteer by The Kidney Foundation of Canada, is granted to an individual who has rendered distinguished service and made noteworthy contributions to The Foundation’s mission and objectives.

Read more.

Dear All,

Welcome to the second in a series of weekly communications that will lead up to #WorldObesityDay on the 11th October 2018.

This year, our focus is on weight stigma.

We want to #EndWeightStigma by shining a spotlight on the stigmatising language and images used by the media, healthcare providers and society at large. 


Help us end weight stigma this #WorldObesityDay

Each week in the lead up to #WorldObesityDay we will share ideas on how you can engage with media, healthcare providers and other organisations to help #EndWeightStigma. We will also provide you with resources to support your activity on World Obesity Day. Plus, to help with inspiration, we’ll share what World Obesity and our members and supporters are doing on and around the day.

We’ll be sharing all the tools and resources you need over the coming weeks. This week we include:
• More information on next week’s webinar
• How you can help #EndWeightStigma with patient stories (extended deadline 21 September) and the most stigmatising phrases used in your country
• An outline of the Patient Summit being held on 10-11 October
• Background on our aims and focus for World Obesity Day 2018

More information and resources for World Obesity Day 2018 will also be uploaded to: .


World Obesity Day Webinar - next week

On 19th September 2018 at 4pm BST we’re hosting a webinar on World Obesity Day 2018, focusing on the theme of 'Weight Stigma'. The webinar will include a summary of the campaign and how to get involved. Johanna Ralston will chair the webinar with presentations from various members and advocates plus guest speaker Stuart Flint talking on 'Weight Stigma and the Media'. If you are able to join us, please register by following this link.


Extended deadline for case studies – Friday 21st September

Do you know anyone who has experienced obesity stigma? If so, we want to hear from you. We’re on the hunt for compelling real-life stories and experiences that clearly demonstrate the impact of stigma.

 Direct experiences and personal stories will help the media and healthcare providers realise the consequences of stigma and encourage them to change attitudes towards people with obesity.

Thank you to everyone who has already been in touch with potential leads.

Please complete the short survey here to get involved


Patient Summit: 10-11 October 2018

To mark World Obesity Day 2018 we’re hosting a Patient Summit that will bring together patients, experts and other stakeholders from across the globe to share knowledge, explore topical themes and develop ideas and practical solutions to end the global obesity crisis.

This will include facilitated discussions about how the obesity landscape has changed and training sessions to empower and engage people living with obesity. Look out for further information on the Summit plus future events for patients in our newsletters and website.


What is World Obesity Day? 

World Obesity Day was launched in 2015 as an annual campaign to stimulate and support practical solutions to help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight, and to reverse the global obesity crisis. 

The number of adults living with obesity continues to rise. On current trends, 2.7billion adults worldwide will live with obesity by 2025, of which 177 million adults will be in need of treatment as a result of severe obesity. 

This #WorldObesityDay we are asking you to help us #EndWeightStigma by calling out examples of stigma and prejudice in the media and online.


Why focus on stigma? 

Weight stigma is pervasive in countries around the world – and we all have a role to play to help end it. Here’s why:

  • Stigmatising obesity undermines people’s health and makes it harder to seek support
  • Negative images and language reinforce stigma around obesity
  • Modern environments encourage and promote unhealthy lifestyles. Obesity is not about individual blame but shared responsibility in society

A positive, supportive narrative between clinicians and their patients will increase the effectiveness of care


How can we end stigma?

This #WorldObesityDay we’re focusing on four calls to action:

  1. to help end weight stigma we need… Media to abandon the use of negative images and language about obesity.
  2. to help end weight stigma we need… Health care providers to acknowledge the environmental factors that cause obesity, which will improve support and efficacy during diagnosis and treatment. 
  3. to help end weight stigma we need… Greater awareness that there are multiple sources of weight stigma and greater understanding of the steps to avoid it such as at work or at school.

to help end weight stigma we need… Government action to improve the environments we live in, rather than focus on individual responsibility and blame.


What next?

In the coming weeks there will be more information on our plans for #WorldObesityDay and how you can get involved.

This includes plans for social media, a template press release and template letters to media.


Any questions?

If you have any questions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can tweet us @WorldObesity and use #WorldObesityDay or #EndWeightStigma

All information and resources will be added to our World Obesity Day website as it becomes available. 


Thank you for helping us #EndWeightStigma.


The Kidney Foundation on the Hill, The Medal for Research Excellence, and more...


The Kidney Foundation on the Hill

On May 9, The Kidney Foundation of Canada was invited to appear before the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Health (HESA) in view of the study on the role of the federal government in improving access to organ donation. National Executive Director Elizabeth Myles was joined by a volunteer who has a family member with kidney failure on dialysis. Additionally, her husband and her aunt were a deceased organ donors. Listen to the hearing or read the full transcript.


2018 Medal for Research Excellence

The Kidney Foundation of Canada is pleased to announce that Dr. Peter Nickerson is the recipient of the 2018 Medal for Research Excellence. Dr. Nickerson is recognized as a leader in transplantation medicine both in Canada, and around the world. His innovative research and contributions to health policy are helping to improve access and quality of organ transplantation in Canada.


Take a Giant Step

Our Kidney Walk season has already started, kicking off in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Quebec. Participants took a giant step forward to raise funds and awareness, while building the kidney community. Every year, some 15,000 volunteers and participants gather at Kidney Walks in communities throughout the country. Join us in this cornerstone event to help support innovative and ground-breaking research projects and to help the Foundation offer crucial programs and services to the thousands of people impacted by kidney disease. Every step is a giant leap forward in the fight against kidney disease.

TANKER Foundation’s World Kidney Day 2018 activities was a day of awareness, activity
and fun for more than 250 patients with kidney disease and the staff .

World Kidney Day Steering Committee said the focus this year is on Women’s Health, stating chronic
kidney disease affects approximately 195 million women worldwide and is the 8th leading
cause of death in women.

Read en see more in our Newsletter


This year World Kidney Day (WKD) was celebrated on March 8.
In our 13th campaign, we highlighted the unique issues and risks that women face for their kidney health.

Together with the Taskforce on Women and NCDs, we wrote "Kidney Disease and Women - A Call to Action", a joint statement aimed at highlighting current evidence and key challenges in the areas of kidney disease and maternal and child health, access to kidney care and prevention of kidney disease, and setting out concrete policy recommendations to address these issues.

We would like to thank our partner and all the organizations and individuals that have helped us disseminate this message.


We are very grateful to all the dedicated individualshospitalsorganizationssponsors and groups who held WKD events, supported and participated in the campaign.

Thanks to your incredible dedication and enthusiasm, WKD has reached new heights: more than 1000 events were organized all over the world and more than 2 billion people were reached!

If you want to learn more about all the activities carried out around the globe for WKD 2017, take a look at our photostream. You can still send us your pictures and we will add them to the gallery.

If you have not added your WKD event to the map yet, it is not too late! Register it here: We are still collecting results and we are curious to know more about your experience!

The success of World Kidney Day relies on your efforts, inspiration and commitment.

World Kidney Day would not be possible without you and your energy.


The World Kidney Day Team

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:


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:

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:

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:

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