Panel Discussion on Kidneys and Women’s Health

World Kidney Day and International Women’s Day in 2018, will be marked on the same day on March 8, presenting an opportunity to highlight the importance of women’s health and, particularly, their kidney health.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects about 195 million women worldwide and is currently the 8th leading cause of death, with close to 600,000 female deaths each year.

To celebrate and raise awareness around these issues, World Kidney Day and Taskforce on Women & NCDs are developing a joint statement to collate key evidence on the burden of kidney disease in women, identify the ways in which kidney health most significantly impacts women’s health and make recommendations on how these may be addressed through targeted health policies.

The statement will be released at the Kidneys and Women’s Health Round Table hosted by The George Institute for Global Health on March 7, 2018 in New Delhi in collaboration with International Society of Nephrology and Arogya World.

The round table discussion will invite some key experts on kidney and women’s health to share their views and inputs on data, research and policy recommendations from the statements.


World Kidney Day (WKD) is a global campaign that aims to raise awareness of the importance of the kidneys to overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide. WKD started in 2006 and is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology  (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF).

The World Kidney Day 2018 theme is kidneys and women’s health and ‘Include, Value, Empower’ campaign aims to promote affordable and equitable access to health education, prevention and care for all women and girls globally.

The Taskforce on Women and Non-Communicable Diseases was created in 2011 to respond to the unique and growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on women in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The Taskforce brings together 16 global health organizations from the women’s health and NCD communities.

The International Women’s Day theme this year is #PressforProgress, which advocates committing to a ‘gender parity mindset’ to accelerate gender equity.

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