Appropriations funding is a critical resource in supporting agencies focused on kidney research and public health. These funds allow agencies to support research, award grants to community-based organizations, and make advancements in the development of new life-saving medical treatment and drugs. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rely on the United States Congress for the funding needed to deliver services and programs to improve the lives of patients with ESRD.
The American Kidney Fund supports increased appropriations funding to ensure that there are adequate funding levels for programs focused on patients with kidney disease.
Kidney Research Funding
Basic and clinical research is critical to understanding kidney disease—its causes, its progression, and the treatments that can either prevent it from developing or halt its progression. Kidney disease research is funded through the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK), which is part of the NIH. Federal funding for kidney disease research must be increased, especially given the prevalence of kidney disease and its disproportionately low level of funding compared to other diseases. AKF works to increase funding of kidney disease research.
The Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Initiative
CDC classifies chronic kidney disease (CKD) as a serious public health issue. CKD is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States. The CDC’s CKD Initiative was mandated by Congress in 2006 to help solve the growing problem of kidney disease. The CKD Initiative currently funds projects such as surveillance, epidemiology, state-demonstration projects, and economic studies. Early detection and treatment of patients with CKD can help prevent or delay cardiovascular death and progression to kidney failure. Since the program’s inception, Congress has provided direct funding for the CKD Initiative at approximately $2.2 million per year. AKF supports increased funding for the CKD Initiative.
Kidney Innovation Accelerator Program (KidneyX)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new public-private partnership, KidneyX, to accelerate innovation in preventing, diagnosing and treating kidney diseases. AKF is supportive of this innovation initiative and will be an active participant and help provide the patient perspective as the program progresses.