Chronic Kidney Disease V affects some 10,800 Filipinos yearly.  Each year 30,000 to 40,000 CKD V patients need to undergo dialysis.  There were 7,109 CKD V patients recorded at the NKTI in 2007.  Kidney disease often cannot be cured, but fortunately, it can be prevented. Early detection and prevention of kidney failure is vital, as is the need to ensure that acute cases avoid, if possible, the progression to Chronic Kidney Disease V. Prevention and early management, although very extensive can achieve significant benefits for the public. This has generally become a responsibility for the National Kidney and Transplant Institute.

Through the years, the NKTI has reached out to various sectors nationwide and continuously disseminated health information, provided medical services, shared expertise and rendered assistance to better prevent and treat various kidney ailments. Although these measures usually take years of continued reinforcement before the effect becomes evident, the NKTI is encouraged to place these efforts into the clinical and public domain. Every opportunity is seized, every chance is taken. 

By virtue of PD 184 declaring June as National Kidney Month in the Philippines, and declaring the NKTI as the lead Hospital in the celebration, NKTI leads the whole nation in celebrating awareness of kidney diseases and their prevention.  With this year’s theme “Bato Kong Alay Bago Mong Buhay”, the celebration will focus on the Kidney Donors whether living or deceased and also their families. Certain activities have been lined-up to highlight the celebration, which will be done in various parts of the country with multi-sectoral involvement.

The nationwide celebration for the whole month of June is made possible by the coordination and collaboration of committed partners in the promotion of health care. Among those who have been the Institution’s advocates are the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Renal Disease Control Program (REDCOP), Philippine Urological Association (PUA), Philippine Society of Nephrology (PSN), Transplant Society of the Philippines (TSP),  Kidney Foundation of the Philippines (KFP).

In line with the celebration, the organizing committee, headed by Dr. Carlos Ramon N. Torres, Jr., has prepared a number of activities that include: 1) An Exhibit at the SM North Edsa which will showcase the different services of the Institute 2)  16th Batong Bulilit Art Contest featuring artworks of Pediatric patients afflicted with kidney disease 3) Community Outreach services in SM North Edsa  4) Free Digital Rectal Exam  5) Kidney Check- Free Urinalysis, CBC, Creatinine, FBS, 6) Hospital Wide Conferences and lectures and teleconferences 7) Maria Corazon Torres Javier (MCTJ) Foundation 20th Anniversary 87) Lay Forum on “Issues on Chronic Kidney Disease” 9) Recognition of NKTI employees, friends, donors and benefactors 10) Awarding of Outstanding Kidney Transplant Recipients 11) Organ Donor’s Recognition Day  12) Employees Program.  13) Tree Planting  14) Art Exhibit by Donors and their families.

The NKTI wishes to invite everyone to visit its facilities and join in the celebration of the National Kidney Month. For more information, you may contact Ms. Cynthia A. Corcino, Public Information Officer, NKTI, at telephone nos. 928-0355 or 924-3601 to 19 local 1008/1014 or visit


Left: Sen. Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV holding the Organ donor Card.
Right: Ribbon cutting lead by Sen. Trillanes together with Dr. Aileen Riego-Javier and Dr. Joselito R. Chavez

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"Protect your kidneys, save your heart"



  • World Kidney Day started in 2006 and has not stopped growing ever since.
  • Every year, the campaign focuses on a theme.
  • Here is an overview of the themes of previous World Kidney Day editions:

        2006    Are your kidneys OK?
        2007    Common, harmful and treatable
        2008    Amazing kidneys
        2009    Protect your kidneys: Keep your pressure down
        2010    Protect your kidneys: Control diabetes
        2011    Protect your kidneys: Save your heart


  • Raise awareness about our "amazing kidneys"
  • Highlight that diabetes and high blood pressure are key risk factors for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
  • Encourage systematic screening of all patients with diabetes and hypertension for CKD
  • Encourage preventive behaviours
  • Educate all medical professionals about their key role in detecting and reducing the risk of CKD, particularly in high risk populations.
  • Stress the important role of local and national health authorities in controlling the CKD epidemic. Health authorities worldwide will have to deal with high and escalating costs if no action is taken to treat the growing number of people with CKD. On World Kidney Day all governments are encouraged to take action and invest in further kidney screening

World Kidney Day is a joint initiative between the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF) .

  • The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) is a not-for-profit society dedicated to advancing the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of kidney diseases in the developing and developed world. With over 9,000 professional members in 126 countries, the ISN provides a widely connected platform for scientific exchange between healthcare professionals around the world.
  • The IFKF, a not-for-profit federation founded in 1999, currently has a membership of 63 kidney foundations and patient groups in 41 countries. IFKF advocates worldwide to improve the health, well-being and quality of life of individuals with kidney disease; disseminates standards of best practice of treatment and care; assists with the establishment of kidney foundations in countries where they do not yet exist; facilitates educational programs for it members; and promotes kidney disease research.

Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is a treatment for patients with severe chronic kidney failure. It is similar in principle to hemodialysis but PD deals with a slower passive movement of water and dissolved substance along the lining of the abdomen, peritoneum as the exchange membrane which is then exchanged from the blood. The primary complication with PD is a risk of infection due to the presence of a permanent tube in the abdomen.

The Peritoneal Dialysis Unit of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute held its 4th Peritoneal Dialysis Nurse Training Workshop last June 22, 2010 at the Dr. Filoteo A. Alano Auditorium as part of the celebration of the Kidney month with the theme “Fundamentals of PD.” There is a need for continuous training in PD due to increasing number of ESRD patients requiring renal replacement therapy. The topics for the program focused in the basics of PD like: anatomy of the kidneys, overview of PD, placement and access care, nursing responsibilities of patients on PD, preventing PD related infections and exit site care.

Like the previous years, the program was open to all nurses from different hospitals. There were limited participants in order to participate in the hands on workshop in the afternoon session. These included PD procedures like CIPD exit site care, bag exchange, shifting CIPD to CAPD and CCPD. The PD team invited our very own consultant, nephro-fellows and co-PD nurses who shared their expertise in their own respective fields.

There were 70 participants coming from Quirino Memorial Medical Center, Chinese General Hospital, Amang Rodriguez Medical Center, Capitol Medical Center, Marikina Valley Medical Center, Castro Maternity General Hospital and of the in-house staff of NKTI. The event would not have been possible without the help of the different pharmaceutical companies. The overall expectations of the workshop was truly informative for both participants and the PD staff of the Institute.

After almost 2 years of extensive preparation and hard work, The NKTI Medical Laboratory was awarded the ISO 15189:2007 accreditation on December 15, 2009. The ISO 15189:2007 (Medical Laboratories – Particular Requirements for Quality and Competence Accreditation) is the highest level of recognition that can be given to a medical laboratory. The awarding ceremonies were held last January 18, 2010 at the NKTI Atrium.

This was opened by Dr. Enrique T. Ona, Executive Director, who emphasized on the need for enhancing the laboratory quality management system to increase confidence in laboratory results and subsequently to open doors for further economic growth for the Institute and for the country. This was followed by a message of inspiration from the guest speaker, Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya of the Department of Trade and Industry. She congratulated the laboratory staff for their continuous effort to uphold quality in the laboratory.

Dr. Arnold Joseph M. Fernandez, Quality Manager and Project Team Leader for The NKTI Medical Laboratory ISO 15189:2007 Accreditation shared first-hand accounts of the laboratory staff’s painstaking journey into seeking the accreditation. He also recognized the individuals who were key to the project’s success.

The NKTI Medical Laboratory ISO 15189:2007 Accreditation was awarded by the Department of Trade and Industry - Philippine Accreditation Office headed by its Officer-in-Charge Cirila S. Botor. The certificates were awarded to the following sections of the laboratory: Hematology, Serology, Clinical Microscopy, Clinical Chemistry, Immunochemistry, HLA section, FISH and Cytogenetics Laboratory, Molecular and Cytogenetics Laboratory, Flow Cytometry Laboratory and Special Chemistry. These were received by the respective section and division heads and chief medical technologists. Ms. Botor was assisted by Undersecretary Maglaya, Dr. Enrique T. Ona and Dr. Aileen A. Riego-Javier.

The main certificate of accreditation for the NKTI Medical Laboratory was received by the Laboratory Director and Chairman, Dr. Januario D. Veloso and ISO 15189:2007 Project Team Members Dr. Arnold M. Fernandez, Mr. Romeo B. Dy and Dr. Ivy A. Rosales.

Globally, more than 500 million individuals, or about one adult in ten in the general population, have some form of chronic kidney disease. Worldwide, over 1.5 million people are currently alive through either dialysis or transplantation. The cumulative global cost for renal replacement therapy is predicted to exceed US$ 1 trillion. 

A joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations, World Kidney Day was launched last year and will be celebrated on March 8, 2007.
The purpose of the World Kidney Day is to raise awareness about the importance of our kidneys, as an amazing organ that plays a crucial role in keeping us alive and well, and to spread the message that kidney disease is common, harmful and treatable.
The Department of Health has chosen the National Kidney and Transplant Institute as the lead agency in promoting this message. A series of activities are lined-up for this whole day affair, that aims to increase awareness regarding the importance of taking good care of our kidneys and preventing kidney disease. There will be lay fora conducted to various agencies and the promotion of the month-long activities for the upcoming celebration of the National Kidney Month this coming June.
Chronic, non-communicable diseases (particularly cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease) have now replaced the communicable diseases as the leading threat to public health and health budgets worldwide.
Deaths claimed by infectious diseases will decline by 3% over the next decade. In marked contrast, chronic diseases – that already account for 72% of the total global burden of disease in people over 30 – will increase by 17%. Much of this in developing countries. The cost of treating these chronic diseases, already 80% of many health care budgets, represents a leading threat to public health and healthcare resources worldwide. 
The only feasible global response to this pending health and socio-economic crisis is chronic disease prevention. feed

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