Kidney disease can affect people in various ways, ranging from treatable disorders without long-term consequences to life-threatening conditions. Acute kidney disease develops suddenly, and may go away completely once the underlying cause has been treated. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) does not go away with treatment and tends to get worse over time. CKD eventually leads to kidney failure, described as end-stage kidney disease, or will require a kidney transplant or blood-filtering treatments called dialysis.
Republic of Ireland
Irish Kidney Association
The Irish Kidney Association is a charitable voluntary organisation founded in 1978. They are dedicated to meeting the needs of renal patients and their families and carers, living with and affected by end stage renal disease. These needs are spread across all aspects of life – medical, social and psychological. The profile of the kidney patient ranges from infanthood to the elderly who are undergoing various methods of treatment – haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis (both CAPD and APD) and kidney transplantation.
Northern Ireland Kidney Patients Association
Northern Ireland Kidney Patients' Association is a charitable voluntary organisation, dedicated to the support of Northern Ireland's kidney patients, their families and carers. Their association, which has almost 400 members, is self-funding and run by kidney patients, their relatives and friends