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Two reasons why we celebrated March 8th 2018 – World Kidney Day and International Women’s Day


This year, World Kidney Day and the International Women’s Day were commemorated on the same day, offering us the opportunity to reflect on the importance of women’s health and specifically their kidney health. Chronic kidney disease affects approximately 195 million women worldwide and it is currently the 8th leading cause of death in women, with close to 600,000 female deaths each year. [1,2]


Our employees from the Vifor Pharma Group took this opportunity to celebrate both the International Women’s Day and the World Kidney Day making everyone aware and take action to prevent kidney disease — for themselves and their loved ones.


The colleagues from Relypsa in Redwood City and from Vifor Pharma  in Glattbrugg were dressed in orange for the day. In Glattbrugg , the colleagues were also greeted with an orange when they arrived to work. St. Gallen office joined the celebrations and was decorated with posters evocative of the day.

In Spain,  a virtual reality video was officially launched. It depicts the emotional impact produced when a patient has to start hemodialysis. Patients, renal nurses and nephrologists joined our Vifor Pharma Spain colleagues at the Hospital Clinic, one of the most relevant in Europe. Later that day, the Mentor Patient Focus Group also had the chance to watch the video.  Have a look how the video helps to put yourself in the patient shoes:

Throughout March, our colleagues from Relypsa will carry on helping to promote a greater understanding of kidney disease and its impact on women through internal activities and content on their social media channels. Find out more on Relypsas LinkedIn and Twitter page.

A big thank you to all of our employees who participated in World Kidney Day and International Women’s Day!


About World Kidney Day

Celebrated every year on the second Thursday of March, World Kidney Day (WKD) is the global awareness campaign that aims at increasing awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our health and reduces the impact of kidney disease and its associated problems worldwide.


About International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Internationally, purple is a colour for symbolising women.



 [1] Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) CKD Work Group. KDIGO 2012 Clinical Practice Guideline for the Evaluation and Management of Chronic Kidney Disease. Kidney inter., Suppl. 2013; 3: 1–150.   [2] Data on prevalence and mortality in women taken from GBD website ) taken from WorldKidneyDay.Org (Available at, last accessed 14. February. 2018)