SOP Kidney Awareness Campaign
In the process of keeping up with the “World Kidney Day” event which is held annually, the School of Pharmacy (SOP) at the Lebanese International University, Bekaa Campus organized a one-day campaign. The campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and at reducing the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated problems on the Bekaa population. This year’s theme is: “Kidneys and Women’s Health - Include, Value, Empower”.
Two Campaigns were conducted on Friday, March 9th, 2018; one at Cascada Mall and the second at Farhat Hospital. A variety of activities were performed by pharmacy students during this day. Students provided scientific counseling about kidney disease focusing on the important functions of the kidneys, in addition to presenting epidemiological data and facts about kidney disease, diagnosis, preventative methods, and management options. Additionally, they assessed participants at risk of developing kidney disease by allowing them to fill a checklist of risk factors. They also handed out informative leaflets and fact sheets about the disease.
Moreover, measurements of blood pressure and obesity parameters were collected. Those who were found to be at risk were encouraged to adopt healthy lifestyle changes and to monitor their weight and blood pressure on regular basis.