The REINS association has organized different activities around this year’s theme “Living well with kidney disease” as part of the celebrations for World Kidney Day (March 9). In a press release, the association stresses that “this year’s theme calls for the inclusion of participation in life as a central objective in the treatment of patients with CKD and as a building stone to achieve the ultimate goal of living well with kidney disease.”
Furthermore, REINS reported that chronic kidney disease (CKD) is becoming a global public health concern, affecting nearly 900 million people worldwide and resulting in nearly three million deaths per year. “This year’s goal is to improve knowledge and understanding while also developing autonomy in daily life. Advances in medicine have made it possible to avoid CKD, slow its development, and treat it with replacement therapy. Patients with CKD who need dialysis or transplantation, on the other hand, must be accompanied and supported, particularly during difficult times, according to the association, which noted that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic will loom over World Day in 2021, which will which requires focusing attention on patients with CKD and in particular those on dialysis.
“Kidney failure has emerged as the chronic disease most at risk for developing a severe form of Covid-19. The role of associative communities appears to be increasingly important. The diagnosis of CKD is a challenge for the patient and his entourage and its management, in particular at the advanced stages, has a severe impact on their life by reducing their capacity and their socialization ”, adds the press release. “The appearance of many side effects can make this situation even worse. Patients with CKD express the will to live well, maintain their role and social functioning, trying to come closer to normalcy. Currently the management of CKD aims to prolong life by replacing renal function a disease-centered approach and its treatment techniques which does not significantly involve patients in the management and treatment of their disease and which may frequently perceive the treatment as being imposed and beyond their control ”, concludes the same source.