Standing up for kidney health
On the 13th of March, Fresenius Medical Care Singapore celebrated World Kidney Day by organising an awareness event that aimed to highlight the prevalence, risks and preventive measures of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) to the public. To demonstrate their dedication the team provided free blood pressure measurements whilst sharing the message of “Start the day with a glass of water” – the theme behind this year’s World Kidney Day initiative.
World Kidney Day is celebrated annually on the second Thursday of March, and is a joint initiative by the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). Its’ aim is to create awareness of the importance of kidneys to our overall health, in an effort to reduce frequency and impact of kidney disease and its’ related health problems worldwide.
Diabetes is the primary cause of CKD, followed by hypertension. In Singapore, diabetes affects 1 in 9 adult Singaporeans, and even 1 in 3 of those over 60 years of age. An alarming 50% of people with diabetes are unaware of their disease.1
Held at Millenia Walk, South Galleria 1, the kidney disease awareness event organised by Fresenius Medical Care lasted for four hours. The staff members, including 3 registered nurses, donned their “I LOVE MY KIDNEYS” t-shirts and engaged the public by educating them about the unsung Super-Hero kidneys and their multiple functions, as well as risk factors for CKD, early detection and prevention of CKD. The nurses also took blood pressure readings to interested passers-by.
By the end of the day, 101 blood pressure measurements were charted, and about 120 pieces of educational materials, in the form of bookmarks and booklets containing kidney and CKD related information, were handed out.
To sum up the day in the words of Fresenius Medical Care nurse manager Woei Ming, “All in all the event was a productive effort in educating and creating awareness of World Kidney Day to the public by persistently conveying risk factors such as hypertension and diabetes. It is very important for the public to go for regular checks to detect any early signs of CKD.”
Fresenius Medical Care Singapore also participated in two other events:
National Kidney Foundation 100,000 Healthy Steps!
In a separate event, Fresenius Medical Care Singapore supported another campaign on 15 March 2014, organised by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), in collaboration with Mediacorp – the “100,000 Healthy Steps”, which was held at the Toa Payoh Amphitheatre.
Fresenius Medical Care Singapore staff informed the public about CKD while simultaneously emphasising the importance of sufficient fluid intake by selling healthy drinks. All proceeds from the sales of drinks went to NKF as donation.
World Kidney Day Public Education Event @ Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH)
Held at the TTSH atrium on the 18 of March 2014 from 11am to 2pm, Fresenius Medical Care supported public education with a booth display highlighting the importance of our kidneys as ‘Super Hero Organs’ – referring to the multiple important functions of the kidneys in the human body. Again, we displayed and shared CKD education materials with members of the public who came for the complimentary health screening for blood glucose, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI). In conclusion, an estimated 200 participants were screened.
To learn more about World Kidney Day, click here.
- Publication of Diabetic Society of Singapore. Jan – Mar 2014. Iss. 48; p. 7