American Kidney Fund Partners
Pair Up with us in the fight to prevent kidney disease
The American Kidney Fund and its partners are on the front lines of the fight to prevent kidney disease.
Chronic kidney disease is the nation’s ninth-leading cause of death. An estimated 31 million people in the United States have chronic kidney disease, and millions more are at risk. Many of those with the disease don’t know they have it because of its silent nature.
- Diabetes is the #1 cause of kidney failure, causing nearly 40% of all cases. High blood pressure is the #2 cause of kidney failure, causing 25% of all cases.
- In 2010 (the most recent year for which statistics are available) there were nearly 600,000 people with kidney failure in the United States. About 415,000 were on dialysis, and nearly 180,000 were living with kidney transplants.
- Nearly 117,000 people were diagnosed with kidney failure in 2010.
- More than 95,000 people are on the waiting list for a kidney transplant. The demand far exceeds the number of available donor organs; in 2012, there were 13,750 kidney transplants performed.
Through awareness and education programs, kidney health screenings and our national campaign, Pair Up: Join the Fight to Prevent Kidney Disease, the American Kidney Fund reaches millions of Americans at risk for kidney disease each year. Strategic relationships with health care-related associations, government agencies, faith-based organizations, corporations and other groups promise to reach millions more with vital information that saves lives.
See a list of organizations that have partnered with the American Kidney Fund.
Engage as a Partner
The American Kidney Fund and its partners identify areas of alignment in their missions and goals, and design collaborative activities to meet our mutual goals. Examples of how we engage with our current partners include:
- Distributing AKF kidney health education materials at partner conferences and events
- Delivering educational presentations at partner conferences and meetings
- Providing support for free kidney health screenings at AKF Kidney Action Days and community events
- Developing joint educational materials
- Creating online professional continuing education courses
- Providing educational webinars for users of the AKF Kidney Disease Prevention Toolkit
- Participating in the AKF Kidney Action Day Walk
- Participating in the AKF Virtual Walk
- Providing articles on kidney health/disease prevention for use in partner newsletters and websites
- Advocating to policymakers on issues related to kidney health and kidney disease
For more information about partnerships with the American Kidney Fund, please contact Tess Kukovich at 240.292.7059 or by email.
AKF Fact Sheet | Pair Up Fact Sheet
Kidney Disease Statistics
Sample newsletter article