Kidney disease is growing more and more prevalent in The Bahamas, impacting hundreds of Bahamian families who struggle with the illness. In 2020 a local nephrologist concluded that 10 to 13 percent of the adult population battle chronic kidney disease and there are possibly hundreds more undiagnosed and at risk! This makes the work of The Bahamas Kidney Association (BKA), a non-profit organization, not only essential but critical in the prevention and management of kidney disease in our country.
Building on the incredible legacy of Dr. Ada Thompson, who championed kidney disease awareness for many years, the BKA was established to carry on her work with her continued support. The BKA has two main purposes; to reduce the instances of kidney failure in The Bahamas and to improve the lives of persons affected by kidney disease. Together with dozens of excited and committed volunteers, the Association is led by a core group of individuals who are passionate and committed to our cause.
WHAT IS KIDNEY DISEASE?
Kidney disease means that there is lasting damage to your kidneys, and they are not working as they should. If your kidney function slowly gets worse with time, your kidney disease is called “chronic”. There is no cure for chronic kidney disease (CKD), but there are steps you can take to preserve function for as long as possible. Late-stage kidney disease requires dialysis or a kidney transplant.
To increase public awareness of the functions of kidneys and the measures to prevent kidney disease.
To reduce the instances of kidney failure in The Bahamas and improve the lives of persons affected by kidney disease.
Helping to Create Awareness of Kidney Health in the Bahamas