March 9, 2017
Human Organ Transplant Center, Bhaktapur and Aarogya Foundation, Pulchowk jointly celebrated "World Kidney day 2017" with a great success. World Kidney day is celebrated every year on the second Thursday of March all around the world. The theme of this year was "Kidney disease and Obesity" with the slogan "Walk for Kidneys". As obesity is one of the prime non communicable diseases, increasing at an alarming rate all over the world, this year's celebration was directed towards increasing public awareness on the importance of maintaining healthy weight to safeguard oneself from the risk of kidney ailments.
The program was started at 7:30 am with a grand rally from Basantapur which ended with a formal program, free Kidney, Liver and Cardio health Camp and musical concerts by various distinguished Artists. . The program was facilitated by Honorable Health Minister Gagan Kumar Thapa, Ms. Ranju Jha- Chairperson, Committee of Women, Children, Elderly and Social welfare, Mr. Josh Vandelaer-WHO representative in Nepal, various Artists, Social workers and Journalists. The President of Aarogya Foundation and renowned Artist Ani Choying Drolma entertained the crowd with her melodious voice.
In the program, Journalist Atul Mishra of Kantipur daily was awarded with the "Best Journalist of the Year" by Aarogya Foundation for his peerless work in accommodation and dissemination of health related issues in his articles. In the same program, President of Aarogya Foundation, Ani Choying Drolma inaugurated a bus launched by Human Organ transplant Center for the patients coming for dialysis in the hospital at odd hours.
About 250 people were benefited from the free health camp while 40 people registered their names for organ donation after their death. People were screened for any kind of health ailments though their urine samples. Thus, this year's celebration emphasized on making people aware about the importance of maintaining balanced weight for healthy kidneys and to diminish the patterns and extent of various kidney diseases by emphasizing on early detection and prevention.