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Chronic kidney disease awareness infographics

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    Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects almost 700 million people worldwide but the awareness about it is less than 10% among patients who already have CKD. Moreover, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study, CKD led to 3.2 million deaths in 2019, with 1.4 mln deaths directly caused by CKD, and 1.7 mln deaths occurred due to impaired kidney function as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Of note, the world’s most vulnerable regions suffer the most, and the highest CKD prevalence rates in 2019 were found in Central Latin America, Southeast Asia, North Africa and Middle East – and these regions also demonstrated the highest increase by more than 20% in age-standardized rates. CKD can be easily diagnosed by two simple and inexpensive tests: urianalysis and serum creatinine measurement with subsequent calculation of estimated glomerular filtration rate. However, these two simple tests are not performed in a substantial proportion of high-risk patients (those having diabetes, hypertension, etc). The lack of timely diagnostics leads to the absence of treatment and CKD progression - and that is a huge pitfall because at the early stages, CKD could be treated by affordable medicines like ACEI or ARB (majority of them are available as generics). Despite this high burden, CKD is not included in health strategies in many countries. Feel free to use, share and repost these infographics to increase awareness about CKD and call for action: 1. CKD prevalence at global level 2. CKD mortality at global level 3. CKD prevalence in 21 world's regions 4. CKD mortality in 21 world's regions 5. CKD YLDs, YLLs and DALYs at global level More details on CKD epidemiology are available in the Lancet paper

    Expected Impact

    Scientific-Tools.Org created a series of infographics highlighting different aspects of CKD epidemiology at global, regional and country levels. The final goal of our infographics is not only to raise awareness and call for action by local health authorities – but to improve the availability of prevention and treatment measures for people in all countries.

    Goal 3

    Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

    Goal 3


    By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births

    Maternal mortality ratio


    Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel


    By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births

    Under-five mortality rate


    Neonatal mortality rate


    By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases


    Number of new HIV infections per 1,000 uninfected population, by sex, age and key populations


    Tuberculosis incidence per 100,000 population


    Malaria incidence per 1,000 population


    Hepatitis B incidence per 100,000 population


    Number of people requiring interventions against neglected tropical diseases


    By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being

    Mortality rate attributed to cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes or chronic respiratory disease


    Suicide mortality rate


    Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol


    Coverage of treatment interventions (pharmacological, psychosocial and rehabilitation and aftercare services) for substance use disorders


    Alcohol per capita consumption (aged 15 years and older) within a calendar year in litres of pure alcohol


    By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents

    Death rate due to road traffic injuries


    By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes


    Proportion of women of reproductive age (aged 15-49 years) who have their need for family planning satisfied with modern methods


    Adolescent birth rate (aged 10-14 years; aged 15-19 years) per 1,000 women in that age group


    Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all


    Coverage of essential health services


    Proportion of population with large household expenditures on health as a share of total household expenditure or income


    By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination

    Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution


    Mortality rate attributed to unsafe water, unsafe sanitation and lack of hygiene (exposure to unsafe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All (WASH) services)


    Mortality rate attributed to unintentional poisoning


    Strengthen the implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in all countries, as appropriate

    Age-standardized prevalence of current tobacco use among persons aged 15 years and older


    Support the research and development of vaccines and medicines for the communicable and non-communicable diseases that primarily affect developing countries, provide access to affordable essential medicines and vaccines, in accordance with the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health, which affirms the right of developing countries to use to the full the provisions in the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights regarding flexibilities to protect public health, and, in particular, provide access to medicines for all


    Proportion of the target population covered by all vaccines included in their national programme

    Total net official development assistance to medical research and basic health sectors

    Proportion of health facilities that have a core set of relevant essential medicines available and affordable on a sustainable basis


    Substantially increase health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce in developing countries, especially in least developed countries and small island developing States

    Health worker density and distribution


    Strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks


    International Health Regulations (IHR) capacity and health emergency preparedness


    Percentage of bloodstream infections due to selected antimicrobial-resistant organisms

    Name Description

    Infographics on Core global metrics of chronic kidney disease (CKD) mortality

    Infographics on Core global metrics of chronic kidney disease (CKD) mortality in the GBD 2019 Study

    Infographics on Core regional metrics of chronic kidney disease (CKD) prevalence in the GBD 2019 Study

    Infographics on Core regional metrics of chronic kidney disease (CKD) mortality in the GBD 2019 Study

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    Action Network
    SDG Acceleration Actions
    12 September 2023 (start date)
    31 December 2023 (date of completion)
    1. Africa
    2. Europe
    3. Asia and Pacific
    4. North America
    5. Latin America and the Caribbean
    6. West Asia
    7. Global
    Other beneficiaries

    We put infographics in the public domain for free and they can be used by all interested stakeholders – policy makers, physicians, patient organisations, and citizens.

    Contact Information

    Boris, Senior Researcher