World Kidney Day is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology and other nephrology organisations, which will be observed annually on the second Thursday of March throughout the world. Initiated in 2006, its purpose is to increase awareness of chronic kidney disease (CKD), its associated cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, and to draw attention to the urgent global need for its early detection and prevention. On top of causing end stage kidney failure requiring renal replacement therapy with dialysis or transplantation, CKD is now known as a “disease multiplier,” because it contributes to cardiovascular deaths in patients with diabetes and hypertension.1 Table 1 has been put together, in remembrance of World Kidney Day 2007, to recognise the tremendous impact of kidney disease on healthcare in Singapore.
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