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World Kidney Day Focuses on Women's Health
Canadian kidney organizations call for education, engagement and research investments.

One in 10 Canadians has kidney disease. Are you, or is someone you know affected? This World Kidney Day, March 8th, The Kidney Foundation of Canada along with the Can-SOLVE CKD Network and the Canadian Society of Nephrology are urging Canadians to learn more about their kidney health. Ask your doctor about a simple blood test that can identify common kidney problems, and have your blood pressure monitored regularly.

"This year, World Kidney Day falls on the same date as International Women’s Day, offering a unique opportunity for us to focus on women’s kidney health."

"The Kidney Foundation of Canada, in partnership with Can-SOLVE CKD and the Canadian Society of Nephrology, encourage and empower women to educate themselves to maintain a kidney healthy lifestyle."

- Elizabeth Myles, Executive Director of The Kidney Foundation of Canada.

Elizabeth Myles

Through the theme of this year’s World Kidney Day, “Kidneys and Women’s Health – Include, Value, Empower”, the international organization is calling for affordable and equitable access to kidney health education, care and prevention for all women and girls globally.

Four million Canadians live with chronic kidney disease (CKD). An estimated 3,000 Canadians die from kidney disease each year. It is the 9th leading cause of death for women in this country. Indigenous peoples, children, and the elderly are particularly vulnerable.

Adeera Levin - Credit: ISN
Photo Credit: ISN

"By involving patients, many of whom are women, in identifying research questions and contributing to the network’s work as a whole, we are working to make a real difference in the statistics and the lives of Canadians living with kidney disease."

"In support of the unique health issues of women and girls living with kidney disease, the network has recently appointed Dr. Sofia Ahmed as Sex and Gender Lead. In this role, Dr. Ahmed will advise our research teams on issues related to sex and gender as they carry out their work."

- Dr. Adeera Levin, Co-Leads of the Can-SOLVE CKD Network, along with Dr. Braden Manns.

​Women are more at risk for certain kidney diseases, such as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and both acute and chronic kidney infections. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) can affect a woman’s ability to start a family, and raise healthy children. Pregnancies among women with kidney disease carry different risks, depending on levels of kidney function, and can lead to serious health complications such as pre-eclampsia, and preterm births.

"There is no cure for kidney disease, and it has devastating consequences on the quality and quantity of life for those affected."

"Kidney disease impacts women of all ages, limiting their ability to build a career and start a family. Well-earned retirement may be replaced by treatment schedules that interfere with the ability to travel and enjoy grandchildren. We need to find better ways to minimize the tremendous burden of symptoms, and simplify treatments. Helping the patients of today and tomorrow requires a renewed investment in research."

- Dr. Deborah Zimmerman, President Elect of the Canadian Society of Nephrology (CSN)

Deb Zimmerman


  • Four million Canadians live with chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • An estimated 3,000 Canadians die of CKD each year
  • 47% of new patients are under the age of 65
  • You can lose more than 50% of your kidney function before symptoms appear
  • CKD disproportionately affects Indigenous peoples’, children, and the elderly
  • Average annual cost of dialysis is $92,000 per patient
  • Annual cost of CKD to the Canadian healthcare system is estimated at $50-billion


CKD affects an estimated 195 million women worldwide, and recent studies suggest those numbers are rising. In many low-income countries or those without adequate healthcare, it is especially challenging for women to access dialysis treatments, or kidney transplants. Globally, kidney disease is the 8th leading cause of premature death in women, with close to 600,000 women losing their lives each year.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affects as many as 10 to 15% of the population worldwide. It strongly impairs quality of life, and reduces life expectancy. While some kidney diseases are hereditary, researchers are working to better understand the complex factors that influence kidney health.


Facing the Facts about Kidney Disease | World Kidney Day Website | Can-SOLVE CKD World Kidney Day Page

Have you missed our webinar on "Kidneys and Women’s Health"? Watch the recording now!

To find out if you have any of the risk factors for kidney disease, take this short quiz.


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