The Ministry of Health in partnership with AMSA is organising a series of activities to create awareness and empower the population, in particular women, to be more mindful of their kidney health in line with this year’s commemoration of  World Kidney 2018, under the theme ‘Kidney & Women’s Health: Include, Value, Empower’.

The activities will begin with a Free Screening session for Women on Praslin on Saturday 10th January 2018 from 9am to 1pm at the Baie Ste Anne Health Centre.

The next day, the activities will continue on Mahe with a ‘Healthy Walk’ at 8am from the Seychelles Hospital to the Capital City Building in Victoria. Following this, there will be a Religious Service for patients, family members and staff at the Anse Etoile Community Centre at 11am.

The gradual loss of kidney function (Chronic Kidney Disease), is a public health issue which affects people of various ages, but with a greater concentration in women across the globe.

Globally about 10% of the world’s population is affected by some form of kidney disease. About 195 million women worldwide is affect by loss of kidney function and it is considered to be the 8th leading cause of death in women. Locally, 164 people are on dialysis. Out of those, 89 are male and 75 are female.

World Kidney Day is commemorated annually on the 8th March.