Who we are

A global campaign aimed
at raising awareness of the
importance of our kidneys

Our mission

World Kidney Day aims 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.


World Kidney Day

World Kidney Day is a global campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys.

World Kidney Day returns every year. Across the globe, hundreds of events take place, from public screenings in Argentina to Zumba marathons in Malaysia. We do it all to raise awareness. Awareness about preventive behaviors, awareness about risk factors, and awareness about how to live with kidney disease. We do this because we want kidney health for all.

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

Our objectives

The new

World Kidney Day


After 19 years, we are giving the World Kidney Day (WKD) campaign a makeover, complete with a brand-new logo that embraces modern design and reflects our commitment to sustainability, a core value embraced by the kidney community.

The new logo offers flexibility, thanks to the standalone elements: the brackets, depicting both kidneys and two hemispheres of the globe.

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Our history

World Kidney Day started in 2006 and has not stopped growing ever since. Every year, the campaign highlights a particular theme.

2024 Kidney Health for All Preparing for the unexpected, supporting the vulnerable

2023 Kidney Health for All Preparing for the unexpected, supporting the vulnerable

2022 Kidney Health for All Bridge the knowledge gap to better kidney care

2021 Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere Living Well with Kidney Disease

2020 Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere from Prevention to Detection and Equitable Access to Care

2019 Kidney Health for Everyone, Everywhere

2018 Kidneys & Women’s Health Include, Value, Empower

2017 Kidney Disease & Obesity Healthy Lifestyle for Healthy Kidneys

2016 Kidney Disease & Children Act Early to Prevent It!

2015 Kidney Health for All

2014 Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and aging

2013 Kidneys for Life Stop Kidney Attack!

2012 Donate Kidneys for Life - Receive

2011 Protect your kidneys Save your heart

2010 Protect your kidneys Control diabetes

2009 Protect your kidneys Keep your pressure down

2008 Your amazing kidneys!

2007 CKD: Common, harmful and treatable

2006 Are your kidneys OK?

Committee and Team

World Kidney day is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations – World Kidney Alliance (IFKF-WKA).

The International Society of Nephrology (ISN)

The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) is a not-for-profit society dedicated to advancing the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of kidney diseases in the developing and developed world. With over 9,000 professional members in 126 countries, the ISN provides a widely connected platform for scientific exchange between healthcare professionals around the world. The Society is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2020.

Visit their website at: www.theisn.org

The International Federation of Kidney Foundations - World Kidney Alliance (IFKF-WKA)

The IFKF-WKA, a not-for-profit federation founded in 1999, currently has a membership of 63 kidney foundations and patient groups in 41 countries. IFKF-WKA advocates worldwide to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life of individuals with kidney disease; disseminates standards of best practice of treatment and care; assists with the establishment of kidney foundations in countries where they do not yet exist; facilitates educational programs for it members; and promotes kidney disease research.

Visit their website at: www.ifkf.org

The World Kidney Day Steering Committee

The Steering Committee for World Kidney Day 2024 is composed of nephrology and transplantation experts who live and work in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, and North America.

Members of the Steering Committee are:

Alessandro Balducci, Co-chairman for IFKF-WKA, Italy
Vassilios Liakopoulos, Co-chairman for ISN, Greece
Latha Kumaraswami, IFKF-WKA, India
Dina Abd El-Latif, IFKF-WKA, Egypt
Li-Li Hsiao, ISN, USA
SF Lui, IFKF-WKA Project Director, Hong Kong
Magdalena Machalska, ISN Advocacy Director, Belgium
Augusto Cesar Soares Dos Santos Jr., ISN, Brazil
Ágnes Haris, IFKF-WKA, Hungary
Ricardo Correa-Rotter, ISN, Mexico

The World Kidney Day team

The role of the World Kidney Day project team is to recruit, engage and empower local organisers for their WKD celebrations across the world. They provide organisers with global guidance, materials and centralise best practice and ideas to give inspiration to organisations and individuals who want to be involved.

Please contact us on info@worldkidneyday.org

Martina Pirotta
WKD Campaign Manager

Emma Gilbert
Campaign and Projects Officer