World Kidney Day is an international holiday dedicated to kidneys. These paired organs play a fundamental role in the normal functioning of the entire body. They are responsible for the removal of toxins from the body, acting as natural filters. The holiday is celebrated annually on March 10.
World Kidney Day was created in 2006. The initiative was proposed by ISN and IFKF, two organizations involved in research on kidney and kidney-related diseases. The main purpose of the holiday is to raise public awareness of kidney disease and to stimulate the development of nephrology. It is necessary to create new effective drugs and develop therapeutic methods.
The history of medicine in the field of nephrology goes back to the time of ancient Egypt. Researchers discovered an ancient Ebers papyrus dating from about 1550 BC. There the ancient Egyptian scientist spoke about kidneys and even made sketches of mummies with kidney diseases (cysts and urolithiasis).
- In 24 hours, the kidneys filter about 2,000 liters of blood.
- If you unfold all the capillaries in the kidney, their total length is about 25 km.
- An artificial device replacing a kidney was tested in 1944. In 2013, American bioengineers created a kidney implant.
How to celebrate
Get a kidney exam at World Kidney Day to make sure your organs are healthy. Help raise funds for the treatment of people with serious kidney disease. Learn more about existing kidney diseases and their therapies.
Spread the word on social media. Ask other users if they have ever had kidney problems and how they dealt with them.
When is World Kidney Day celebrated in 2024?
World Kidney Day is observed on March 10 each year.