The term “chronic kidney disease” (CKD) means lasting damage to the kidneys that can get worse over time. If the damage is very bad, your loved one’s kidneys may stop working. This is called kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease (ESRD). If your loved one’s kidneys fail, he or she will need dialysis or a kidney transplant in order to live. Learn more about CKD and how it is treated.
10% of the population worldwide is affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD), and millions die each year because they do not have access to affordable treatment. Over 2 million people worldwide currently receive treatment with dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive, yet this number may only represent 10% of people who actually need treatment to live.