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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 percent of all cases. 
  • High blood pressure is the #2 cause of kidney failure, causing 25 percent of all cases. 
  • In 2011 (the most recent year for which statistics are available) there were 615,000 people with kidney failure in the United States. 430,000 were on dialysis, and 185,000 were living with kidney transplants.  
  • More than 115,000 people were diagnosed with kidney failure in the United States in 2011.  
  • 92,000 people with kidney failure died in 2011. 
  • As of February 2014, nearly 100,000 people are on the waiting list for a kidney transplant. The demand far exceeds the number of available donor organs; in 2013, there were 15,400 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. 

We distribute kidney health education materials at partner conferences and events We deliver educational presentations at partner conferences and meetings. Partners provide support for free kidney health screenings at our Kidney Action Days and community events. Partners participate in our Kidney Action Day Walk and Virtual Walk. We provide articles on kidney health and chronic kidney disease prevention for use in partner newsletters and websites, while partners provide health content for our newsletters and on our blog. We collaborate with partners to create educational materials, online professional continuing education courses and webinars

For more information about partnerships with the American Kidney Fund, please contact Dave Frazer at 301.984.6664 or by email.

Partner Resources

AKF Fact Sheet 
Kidney Disease Statistics
Sample newsletter article

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