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Kidney Health for all

By the Global Alliance for Patient Access

Chronic kidney disease affects more than 10% of the world’s population, around 850 million people. World Kidney Day aims to bring that number down – by raising awareness, advancing screening and improving access to treatment.

The Impact of Chronic Kidney Disease

As noted in a 2023 GAfPA policy report, chronic kidney disease exacts a growing toll on patients and health care systems across the globe.

The disease is characterized by a progressive loss of kidney function. Because the kidneys filter toxins and other waste from the blood, these byproducts build up when the kidneys don’t function properly. Organ systems can suffer, leading to serious health complications or even death.

That’s why chronic kidney disease patients often experience other chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension or diabetes.

Despite the prevalence and severity of chronic kidney disease, it often goes unrecognized or undiagnosed. Early stages can be asymptomatic, meaning patients are often not diagnosed until they have reached an advanced stage of the disease. By that point, treatment options are limited.

World Kidney Day

World Kidney Day raises awareness about the importance of kidneys to overall health. This year’s theme, advancing equitable access to care and optimal medication practice, aims to help reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease.

Over recent decades, treatment and prevention have seen significant strides. The development of treatments does not, however, guarantee access.

The Global Patient Alliance for Kidney Health recently launched to ensure that patients have equitable access to screening and early treatment thereby closing the gaps in care and moving the global community closer to achieving kidney health for all.

To learn more about World Kidney Day and get involved, visit