World Kidney Day Steering Committee

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

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.


  • 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 behaviors
  • 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.

World Kidney Day Steering Committee

Guillermo Garcia Garcia (Mexico) IFKF Co-Chair
Philip Li (Hong Kong) ISN Co-Chair
William Couser (USA)
Timur Erk (Turkey)
Charlotte Osafo (Ghana)
Miguel Riella (Brazil)
Rik Bollaert (Brussels) ISN Project Director
Elena Zakharova (Russia)
Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh (USA)



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