Kidney Research UK

Kidney health Peer Educators for ‘ABLE’

Kidney Research UK is researching and raising awareness of chronic kidney disease among “at risk” groups across the UK. To date, seven different ABLE (A Better Life through Education ABLE and empowerment) projects have taken place. The charity needs to continue to spread healthy living messages and reduce the growth of kidney disease.

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It ran from 9:09 AM, 6 September 2011 to 9:09 AM, 6 September 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (252892)

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* Black and minority ethnic (BME) groups are up to five times more likely to be at risk of kidney failure than those of White Caucasian origin. * An Asian person with diabetes is also ten times more likely to get kidney failure than a white person with diabetes. These shocking facts relate to a higher prevalence of high blood pressure and diabetes in BME groups – often linked to diet and lifestyle. Kidney Research UK has developed a ‘Peer Educator’ model where everyday people educate their peers on kidney health, in a culturally sensitive way, incorporating key messages about diet and fitness. This not only reduces the risk of kidney disease but it helps people to live more healthy lives and lowers the threat of other conditions like heart disease and diabetes too. The useful lessons learned from the seven initial projects are being used to inform the future of ABLE. With the numbers of people suffering from total kidney failure continuing to soar, some experts fear that an epidemic may be on the cards. It costs £10,000 to recruit and train five Peer Educators to help their local communities to understand the risk factors and hidden early signs of kidney disease. This investment would reduce the incidence of kidney disease in the UK and enable people to live fuller lives, without having to rely on dialysis three times a week just to stay alive.