Kidney Health Initiative (KHI)

Kidney Disease Statistics

Up to 26 million Americans—1 in 9—have chronic kidney disease.

More than 570,000 Americans have kidney failure, also known as end-stage renal disease.

The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) is dedicated to improving patient safety and promoting development of new therapies for all patients with kidney disease.

  • To improve care for patients with kidney disease, more innovation is required: In the past decade, too few new nephrology drugs have appeared on the market in the United States.
  • Significant racial and ethnic disparities exist at every stage of kidney disease:
    • African-Americans are 6 times more likely than whites to develop kidney failure related to hypertension and 4 times more likely to progress to kidney failure than Caucasians.
    • Hispanics and American Indians are 2 times more likely to progress to kidney failure than Caucasians.
  • Kidney disease causes hypertension, which affects 80% of kidney patients.
  • Kidney disease also accelerates the progression of heart disease and increases the risk of heart attacks and heart-related death.

The KHI program will create a collaborative environment for the kidney community to foster development of optimum therapies for diseases that affect the quality of life of millions of people in the United States and the rest of the world.