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G Ital Nefrol. 2013 Mar-Apr;30(2). pii: gin/30.2.13.

[World Kidney Day 2013 and the Italian experience since 2006].

[Article in Italian]


Renal disease is common, insidious and treatable. The prevalence of chronic kidney disease and its cumulative global costs are rapidly increasing. Since 2006 the World Kidney Day (WKD) has worked to raise awareness of the disease and the importance of its prevention within communities and institutions. Italian Nephrology, through the joint action of the Italian Society of Nephrology (SIN) and the Italian Kidney Foundation (FIR) has worked to convey the message during WKD celebrations,meeting the community directly in Italian town squares and high schools, where informative material was provided together with blood pressure and urine dip-stick testing. This year, the WKD was held on March 14th, and was preceded by an extensive program of information broadcast on TV and radio and published in newspapers and magazines. More than 100 nephrology units in 118 cities were either involved in at least one of the programs organized in Italian town squares, high schools and renal clinics, or provided other spontaneous initiatives. This paper describes the history of the Italian experience in the WKD from its beginning in 2006 until the present day.

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