World Kidney Day




Thursday March 14th marks the 8th Annual World Kidney Day.

The HSE National Renal Office (NRO) and the Irish Kidney Association (IKA) support WKD13.

World Kidney Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.

World Kidney Day started in 2006 and has not stopped growing ever since. Every year, the campaign highlights a particular theme:

•      2013  Kidneys for Life - Stop Kidney Attack!

•      2012  Donate - Kidneys for Life - Receive

•      2011  Protect your kidneys: Save your heart

•      2010  Protect your kidneys: Control diabetes

•      2009  Protect your kidneys: Keep your pressure down

•      2008  Your amazing kidneys!

•      2007 CKD: Common, harmful and treatable

•      2006  Are your kidneys OK?

The Objectives of WKD are to:

•   Raise awareness about our "amazing kidneys" and highlight that diabetes and high blood pressure are key risk factors for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

•   Encourage systematic screening of all patients with diabetes and hypertension for CKD.

•   Encourage preventive behaviours.

•   Educate all medical professionals about their key role in detecting and reducing the risk of CKD, particularly in high risk populations.

•   Stress the important role of local and national health authorities in controlling the CKD epidemic. Health authorities worldwide will have to deal with high and escalating costs if no action is taken to treat the growing number of people with CKD. On World Kidney Day all governments are encouraged to take action and invest in further kidney screening.

•   Encourage Transplantation as a best-outcome option for kidney failure, and the act of organ donation as a life-saving initiative.

If detected early, Chronic Kidney Diseases can be treated - thereby reducing other complications and dramatically reduce the growing burden of deaths and disability from chronic renal and cardiovascular disease worldwide.

To find out more about your kidneys:

Guidelines for healthcare professionals on the management of Acute Kidney Injury may be accessed via:

Event for WKD13

Official Launch of:

Trinity Health Kidney Centre −An Integrated Hub of Patient Care, Translational Research and Innovative Education

5.30pm, March 14th, 2013

Postgraduate Centre on the Tallaght Hospital campus

The Trinity Health Kidney Centre, an integrated hub of patient care, translational research and innovative education will be launched on World Kidney Day, March 14th next. The Nephrology Clinical Service at Tallaght and St James’s Hospitals is forming a strategic alliance with the Academic Nephrology Department in Trinity College Dublin under the auspices of Trinity Health Ireland. The centre will combine clinical expertise, excellence in undergraduate / postgraduate medical education, and cutting edge research in kidney disease.

At the launch, there will be three 15 minute talks describing what this means for patients and family doctors in the catchment area of Tallaght and St James’s Hospitals, and for care of patients with kidney disease further afield.

Formally linking clinical services on the Tallaght and St James’s sites will lead to the development of shared clinical guidelines and management protocols. Each unit will focus on providing complementary services to their respective hospital catchment areas with ultimately shared referral pathways and administrative structures. An integrated approach to managing the massive expansion in chronic kidney disease referrals will be employed in collaboration with local primary care physicians. It will also   give rise to more effective translational research. Close apposition of patient care and basic science is at the heart of research translation in both directions between the bench and bedside.  High quality education will also be provided through the new centre to medical students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Those involved include Professor Mark Little (Consultant Nephrologist, Academic Lead), Ms Evonne Healey (Senior Nurse Practitioner), Dr Peter Lavin (Consultant Nephrologist), Dr George Mellotte (Consultant Nephrologist, Cinical Lead), Dr Catherine Wall (Consultant Nephrologist, Education Lead).


World Kidney Day 2013 at the Cardiac-Renal Centre Cork University Hospital.

Members of the Cork Branch of the Irish Kidney Association and members of the multidisciplinary Renal Care Team of the Department of Renal Medicine, Cork University Hospital, will jointly host an Information Stand in Cork University Hospital between 12.00 and 16.00h.

A wide range of educational material will be available and participants will we happy to answer any questions on renal health issues


World Kidney Day is a joint initiative between the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). In Ireland, World Kidney Day is endorsed by the Irish Nephrology Society (INS), the Irish Kidney Association (IKA) and the HSE National Renal Office.