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READY, GET SET … GO!  World Kidney Day 2016 will take place on Thursday 10th March.   


“Kidney Disease & Children:  Act early to prevent it!” is the theme for the 2016 World Kidney Day campaign.  In this 11th Campaign year, let’s join forces once again to increase awareness in children, parents, caregivers, policy makers and the general public of the importance of identifying and treating childhood kidney diseases and build healthier future generations!




Save the Date:  World Kidney Day 2015 will be on Thursday 12th March! Email us on email if you would like to volunteer on our information stall.  It will be in one of the local shopping centres – location to be confirmed as soon as we know!


The World Kidney Day celebration at the Bentall Centre, Kingston on Thames, on Thursday March 13th, 2014  was very successful.  We were located in a very central position, so got attention from a lot of passers by.   St Helier Renal Unit nurses, led by Nimmy Logeswaran, took the blood pressure of 110 people (77 females and 33 males). We were honoured with a visit from the Mayor of Kingston who also had her blood pressure taken.   Apart from the nurses and two renal consultants who stopped by for a while, we had 22 volunteers covering the hours of 8:00 am to 8:00 pm – giving out information on kidney disease, kidney health and the need for organ donation.   Thanks so much to them all! And a big thank you to Sofhia Scala-Smith of Peekaballoon for the wonderful Mr Smiley balloon centerpiece that she made and donated for our event – it definitely drew some attention!


The theme of this year’s World Kidney Day was ‘Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Aging’.


Here are some photos of the event:



Previous years’ events:


Congratulations to all the South West Thames Kidney Fund volunteers who outdid themselves with their hard work and enthusiasm on March 8th, 2012 at the World Kidney Day event at the Bentall Centre in Kingston upon Thames.  There was a huge amount of interest from passersby, many of whom stopped by to have their blood pressure taken by the three St Helier Renal Unit nurses who worked pretty much non-stop all day. Our volunteers raised over £420 in donations and we had a surprise visit from Matthew Hopkins, St Helier Hospital Chief Executive who stopped by and had his blood pressure taken.


All in all we achieved what World Kidney Day is all about which is ‘to Raise Awareness of Kidney Disease’.


Diabetes and high blood pressure are two of the leading causes of kidney disease.  Please make sure you have regular blood pressure checks!


The following, which explains the purpose and importance of World Kidney Day  is extracted from


World Kidney day is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF).


Mission statement:


The mission of World Kidney Day is 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.


The objectives of World Kidney Day are to:

  • raise awareness about our ‘amazing kidneys’
  • 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 reducing the growing burden of deaths and disability from chronic renal and cardiovascular disease worldwide.

“Kidney Disease & Children: Act early to prevent it!” is the theme for the 2016 World Kidney Day campaign.Kidney diseases affect millions of people worldwide, including many children who may be at risk of kidney disease at an early age.It is therefore crucial that we encourage and facilitate education, early detection and a healthy life style in children, to combat the increase of preventable kidney diseases and to treat children with inborn and acquired disorders of the kidneys.So, in our 11th Campaign year, let’s join forces once again to increase awareness in children, parents, caregivers, policy makers and the general public of the importance of identifying and treating childhood kidney diseases, and build healthier future generations!