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



World Kidney Day (WKD) is an annual global awareness and education event, held on the second Thursday in March. Every year, countless local, national and international events are organised by kidney charities, healthcare professionals, patient groups and individuals who want to make a difference.

The 2017 theme is ‘Kidney Disease and Obesity'.


You will find more information on http://www.worldkidneyday.co.uk/


On June 8th, three main Dutch health insurance companies; Zilveren Kruis, Menzis & CZ, signed a contract to participate for €6,8 million in the initiative of the Dutch Kidney Foundation (DKF) to develop a portable artificial kidney (PAK). The PAK will be designed as a compact haemodialysis machine suitable for daily and nocturnal dialysis outside of hospital. It should give patients more freedom to dialyse anywhere and anytime to like. Our motto is ‘the dialysis treatment should be compliant to the patient and not the other way around’. The investment of the companies will make it possible to build a prototype which should be ready for clinical testing by the end of 2017.

Cooperation of three insurance companies is unique and also will be a great help to prepare the integration of the portable artificial in the insurance packages.

We expect that with a PAK, the therapy can be up to 40% cheaper (depending on the degree of self-sufficiency). The PAK will lower the barrier to self-dialysis, because the machine is less intrusive and more flexible in use.

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