Over 3,000,000 people in the UK are at risk of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD); 45,000 people in the UK are being treated for kidney failure and the prevalence of kidney failure is increasing at 5% per year.
The Kidney Research UK and NHS Kidney Care have launched a DVD aimed at providing better information for black and minority ethnic patients diagnosed with chronic kidney disease or end stage renal failure.
Welcoming the launch of the DVD, Beverley Matthews, Director NHS Kidney Care said: “These DVDs are an incredibly valuable resource for patients and we are delighted to have been able to support their production.
This is the third DVD in the ‘Living with Kidney Disease’ series which aims to support anyone who has been told by their doctor that they have some level of kidney damage. The series of DVDs provides vital information for people with the disease and has been driven by people who themselves have been diagnosed with CKD and can provide a first hand view of their experiences.
Michael Nation of Kidney Research UK said “We are delighted we can launch our DVD on World Kidney Day. Patient information and empowerment are vital tools in our fight against kidney disease, complementing the research we undertake into the causes, prevention and treatment of the condition. We also want to recognise and thank everyone involved in the DVD production including our Patients, NHS Kidney Care, the British Renal Society, the Renal Association, the British Transplantation Society and the National Kidney Federation.”
The DVD is presented by Dr Addo Djangmah and covers what the kidneys do, what causes chronic kidney disease, managing kidney disease, diet and lifestyle and how patients can work in partnership with clinicians to manage their disease.
The mission of World Kidney Day is to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide. This DVD will help sufferers and their families understand more and have the confidence to ask more questions and understand their treatment.