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The theme for World Kidney Day 2013, March14:

STOP Kidney Attack! Protect your kidneys, find out how

In recent years the global kidney community has recognised the urgent need to increase awareness of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) amongst physicians and hospital staff, but also the need for a public awareness campaign to demystify this dangerous condition and make ‘kidney attack’ recognisable to the public in a similar way that heart attack and stroke campaigns have done.

Currently AKI is inadequately addressed in clinical education and training, and largely neglected in public awareness and research. The consequences are missed opportunities to reduce risk, delayed diagnosis, poor management and increased lengths of hospital stay which all contribute to spiralling health care costs.

Traditional medicine is commonly used worldwide. However, many folk medicines can cause acute kidney injury. Click here for more information about this subject.

By focusing on ‘kidney attack’, World Kidney Day seeks to raise awareness of AKI and stimulate discussion, education and policy development leading to improved prevention and treatment of this major kidney disease across the globe.

March 14th, 2013 will mark the eighth World Kidney Day – a day of global action jointly organized by the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). For more information, please see

IFKF has been informed about a conference on Acute Kidney Injury, the theme for WKD 2013. The conference was organized by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (UK). A news article about this conference is attached.  

The headlines:  
Acute kidney injury is a common condition that affects around a fifth of hospital patients in the UK and is associated with poor outcomes. Death rates from the condition have not fallen in the past 40 years, and a National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcomes and Deaths report in 2009 found that the standard of care was inadequate in 50% of cases of patients with the injury who died.  

Healthcare professionals who aren’t kidney specialists are often involved in administering fluids and adjusting treatments in the early stages of acute kidney injury, care that can be critical in reducing the severity of the condition.  

The consensus statement says that the financial costs of treating acute kidney injury are greater than those of treating prostate, lung, and bowel cancer combined and that up to 30% of cases can be avoided through earlier detection and better management. This could save up to 12.000 lives a year in the UK.

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