to those of you who joined us in Lyon
for the IFKF Annual Meeting 2014,
an unmissable event
in the renal calendar

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The International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF) leads the way in the prevention and treatment of kidney disease around the globe.

Worldwide, most individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are not diagnosed until long after the illness has developed. Moreover, when they are diagnosed, they are too often treated sub-optimally and, in many parts of the world, CKD patients do not have access to dialysis or kidney transplantation.

IFKF was established in 1999 to foster international collaboration and to exchange ideas to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life of individuals with kidney disease. It aims to achieve this objective by advocating improved health care delivery, as well as by adopting and disseminating best-practice standards for treatment and care. It provides educational programs for member organizations, promotes research, and communicates with other organizations to exchange ideas, particularly those concerning fund raising. IFKF fosters the establishment of more kidney foundations and assists existing kidney foundations in becoming more dynamic and effective.

To facilitate the implementation of its mission, IFKF organizes annual and regional meetings, educational programs and seminars for its members and allied health professionals. Important initiatives are the Kidney Foundations Partnership Program (KFPP), to promote the growth of emerging kidney foundations, and the SeeKD program, for early detection and prevention of CKD.

Each year, together with the International Society of Nephrology (ISN), IFKF commemorates the World Kidney Day (WKD) on the second Thursday of March. WKD’s goal is to raise awareness among society, health professionals, and policymakers about the risks of CKD. Implemented in 2006, this successful initiative has rapidly become popular. This year, more than 120 countries worldwide celebrated the occasion.

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