March 10, 2016 – As a cause of death worldwide, chronic kidney disease now ranks 19th, an 82 percent increase since 1990.
Although chronic kidney disease (CKD) represents a significant and growing threat to public health, efforts to combat the condition are often lacking.
In a commentary for the Duke Global Health Institute, the DCRI’s John Stanifer, MD, noted that rapid urbanization in many low- and middle-income countries has created conditions that allow CKD to flourish. In many of these countries, the annual death rate attributed to CKD is growing at more than five percent per year. Currently, 80 percent of people with CKD live in these countries.
“Despite these striking statistics, kidney disease is given relatively low priority within the public health response,” Stanifer writes.
“Because of the range of causes associated with CKD, a better understanding of the epidemiology of kidney disease is urgently needed in order to raise awareness and global priority. Accordingly, the public health response needs to be multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary, addressing environmental, communicable, and non-communicable risk factors with a particular focus on the process of urbanization.”