World Kidney Day 2015

27 Mar 2015


Albukhary Foundation today organised its World Kidney Day 2015 (WKD) celebration through Albukhary Dialysis Centre.

Organised in Souq Albukhary, Alor Setar, it contained a number of exciting happenings for not only the public but also dialysis patients to take part. People from all walks of life were invited to join in the Fun Walkaton alongside the patients. The flag-off was done by Albukhary Board of Trustee Advisor, Tuan Haji Haridan Ismail. More than 400 participants took part in the walkaton. Meanwhile, the launching ceremony was officiated by Kedah State Health Director, Dato' Dr. Norhizan Ismail.

While for those who wanted to get their health checked were given the opportunity to do so for free. Mobile clinic provided by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) were put in place near souq on March 20th to encourage the ommunity to get their health tested, especially for kidney disease. Nearly 100 people participated.

The kids, had their fingers busy for colouring contest. On a global scale, WKD was also celebrated worldwide for the tenth consecutive year, jointly organised by the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundation (IFKF). The objective of the occasion, national and international level, is the same, which is about raising awareness on the dangers of kidney disease and to send a clear message to the general public that Chronic Kidney Disease, or CKD is common although harmful, but treatable.

Around 600 million individuals worldwide have some form of kidney damages. CKD is predicted to increase by 17% over the next decade, is now recognised as global public health issue. If detected early and managed appropriately, the deterioration in kidney function can be slowed or even stopped - yet awareness of kidney diseases is still very low and many people underestimate the vital role their kidneys play.

This year's theme is focused on "CKD and Aging". About half of people aged 75 or more have some degree of CKD.

Just like any other individuals, kidneys also age. Kidney disease can affect people of all ages origins. However, it becomes more common with increasing age. After the age of 40, kidney filtration begins to fall by approximately 1% per year. On top of the natural aging of the kidneys, many conditions which damage the kidneys are more common in older people including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. This is important because CKD increases the risk of heart attack and stroke, and in some cases can progress to kidney failure requiring dialysis or transportation.

On the World Kidney Day, the whole civil societies around the globe are invited to start their day with a glass of water to encourage their families, friends and co-workers to do the same. This symbolic gesture brings a powerful connection with a common and simple act to get everyone to think about their kidneys. Water may protect your kidneys , however there is no scientific statement behind this idea since there is no firm evidence that drinking water lowers the risk for CKD.

 

JULIANNA JALALUDDIN


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