Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a global public health problem. It affects 50 million people worldwide. Among them, over 1.7 million have end stage renal disease (ESRD), requiring either dialysis or transplantation. Within the United States, one in six adults has CKD, according to the United States Renal Data System’s (USRDS) 2010 annual report.
CKD is a silent disease, meaning an individual who has this disease does not usually experience any symptoms, even when the individual has reached a late stage of the condition such that dialysis or even kidney transplant is necessary. The majority of people who have CKD do not know they have the disease, which is why CKD is sometimes called the "silent disease."
PennKDSAP's mission is to provide health screenings to underserved populations and to help raise awareness of CKD awareness and provide preventative efforts against CKD. Please click below to learn more about CKD.