Let's celebrate - World Kidney Day

Today we celebrate kidney health and education across the globe. Approximately 850 million people worldwide have kidney disease, and many don’t have access to proper education about their kidney health.

Transplant success rates are very good. Transplants from deceased donors have an 85 to 90% success rate for the first year. That means that after one year, 85 to 90 out of every 100 transplanted kidneys are still functioning. Live donor transplants have a 90 to 95% success rate. Long-term success is good for people of all ages.

In developed countries, End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) is a major cost driver for patients, their families and the taxpayer. Patients with ESRD require dialysis or kidney transplantation, which are highly costly and consume a sizeable portion of the health budget.

For instance:

- According to a recent report published by NHS Kidney Care, in England Kidney Disease costs more than breast, lung, colon and skin cancer combined

- In Australia, the cost of treating all current and new cases of ESKD to 2020 is estimated at $12 billion. The annual cost of dialysis per patient per year varies between 50,000 and 80,000 AUD depending on the type of treatment.

- In the US, treatment of CKD (…) is likely to exceed $48 billion per year, and the ESRD program consumes 6.7% of the total Medicare budget to care for less than 1% of the covered population.

- In China, the economy will lose US$558 billion over the next decade due to effects on death and disability attributable to chronic cardiovascular and renal disease.

- In Uruguay, the annual cost of dialysis is close to $ US 23 million, representing 30% of the budget of the National Resources Fund for specialized therapies.

For World Kidney Day DonorPlus wants to thank those people who have ever thought about, planned and or given their kidney to save another persons life.

We have developed our mobile phone app - DonorPlus - to support donors through their journey. If you are faced with the question of donating your kidney, take a look at DonorPlus and become part of the living kidney donor community.

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