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WKD 2018: Kidneys and women’s health

This year, because World Kidney Day (WKD) and International Women’s Day both fall on Thursday, March 8, it can be a day for raising awareness of the challenges women around the world face in receiving affordable and equitable access to health education, healthcare, and prevention of kidney diseases.

There are a significant number of kidney-related diseases and other urological conditions that affect women as much as, if not more than, men.

Those facts and figures make it clear that promoting kidney health and women’s health is more important than ever before. Many organizations and physicians are working to bring more attention to these issues. The increasing numbers of female urologists may also help women be more willing to seek treatment.

World Kidney Day is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). To learn more, visit

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