Chronic kidney disease is the 8th leading cause of death in women, with statistics indicating that it affects approximately 195 million women worldwide with close to 600 000 deaths each year.

The disease is a worldwide public health problem with adverse outcomes of kidney failure and premature death.

The risk of developing the disease is high in women compared to men, with studies indicating that it has an average 14% prevalence rate in women and 12% in men.

Chitungwiza Central Hospital today joined the rest of the world in commemorating the World Kidney Day held under the theme: ‘Kidneys and Women’s Health: Include, Value, Empower,’ with calls for affordable and equitable access to health education, health care and prevention for kidney diseases for all women and girls in the world.

In Zimbabwe, dialysis used in the treatment for kidney ailment is expensive and renal patients usually travel to South Africa, India and other countries for transplants.

Chitungwiza Central Hospital offers dialysis services at an affordable rate with the kidney transplant unit yet to open its doors to renal patients.