In conjunction with World Kidney Day (WKD) 2018, an annual global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness on the importance of kidney health, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) of Malaysia celebrated this year’s theme ‘Kidneys & Women’s Health: Include, Value, Empower’, by promoting affordable and equitable access to health education, healthcare and prevention for kidneys diseases for all women and girls in the world.
The event was packed with a series of fun yet educational activities including Kidney’s Zumba Fitness dance lead by Joelle Teh, health talk conducted by Dr. Nor Fadhlina Binti Zakaria, Consultant Nephrologist and Internal Medicine, Universiti Putra Malaysia, cooking demonstration by Chef Abang Brian and Young Chef Academy, complimentary health screening and an educational exhibition of organ donation to raise awareness on the importance of organ donation.
“Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a worldwide public health problem with adverse outcomes of kidney failure and premature death. CKD affects approximately 195 million women worldwide and it is currently the 8th leading cause of death in women, with close to 600,000 deaths each year, said Chairman of Board of Director of NKF, Dato’ Dr Zaki Morad Mohamad Zaher.
Aside from the demonstration of how to prepare scrumptious yet healthy dishes that your kidneys love, NKF officially launched its first-ever Haemodialysis Cookbook in collaboration with Chef Abang Brian, the top 8 Masterchef Malaysia and founder of Young Chef Academy, during the event.
The NKF team and I have spent 6 months to complete this book as we wanted to ensure that all recipes that we share are suitable for Haemodialysis patients as well as their family. With this cookbook, we hope to convey the message that it is possible to prepare meals that meet their nutritional needs without sacrificing flavour,” said Chef Abang Brian.
On top of the free Lifecheck Health Screening provided by NKF, organizations such as Spectrum of Life, Breast Cancer Welfare Association and KPJ Healthcare have also provided the members of the public with more health check-ups such as eye screening, stress analysis and breast examination.
For more information about NKF or to donate towards the organisation’s efforts, please visit here or call 03-7954 9048.