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What Is The National Kidney Foundation?

The National Kidney Foundation (India) is a voluntary organisation of concerned individuals, corporate bodies and professionals who have pledged their time and resources toward filling a void in the country's health services.

Why Is The Kidney Foundation So Important?

Kidneys are affected by many diseases and failure of their function leads to more deaths than is generally known. Controlling as they do some of the most delicately poised processes in the human body, kidneys hold the unseen balance between life and death. After malignancy and heart disease, kidney diseases are the third largest killer of mankind.

What Does The Kidney Foundation Do?

About 200,000 persons in India go into terminal kidney failure every year. Millions more suffer lesser forms of kidney diseases.

To help these unfortunate patients, the Foundation gives succour in several ways:

I. Public Education

The Foundation has a public education programme using group meetings, associations, and mass media such as newspapers, magazines, exhibitions, radio and television, to educate the public about kidney diseases, their prevention, and early treatment.

II. Training

The Foundation supports and organises full-fledged training programmes where physicians and surgeons receive training in kidney diseases and transplantation.

III. Research

The Foundation supports broad-based research programmes in medical centres and hospitals in India.

IV. Free Check-up

The Foundation also organises periodic free check-ups of kidney diseases for the public. Such check-ups help in timely detection and early treatment of kidney ailments.

V. Counselling

The Foundation organises individual and group counselling for patients suffering from kidney diseases. This helps them morally as well as psychologically by eliminating their blocks manifested in the form of depression, confusion, stubbornness and by overcoming their fears and anxieties through a qualitative counselling relationship between the counsellor and the counselee.

VI. Patient Support

Besides the above, the Foundation also provides advice and information on kidney transplant. The Foundation operates a drug bank to give transplant patients life-sustaining drugs, subject to availability of stock, at reasonable prices.

VII. Gift-of-Life Programme

The Foundation has now been recognised by the Government of Maharashtra as an N.G.O. to be actively associated with this programme. The cadaver transplant programme has been started in the State from 27th March, 1997. This will help patients who have no live donors to get the "Gift of Life". The availability of usable cadaver organs will help patients waiting for transplant for a long time.

National Kidney Foundation Is Doing All It Can
However, It Needs Your Help!

Organising research, medical training, public education and patient support programmes, cadaveric donation drives - these are the ways the National Kidney Foundation is combating kidney disease.

But they all cost money - considerable sums of money.

The Foundation needs your help and requests you to:

Give us what you can. Donate your time, your interest, and money. All the resources you can muster for a worthy cause.

Donations would be exempt from tax as per provisions of Section 80-G of I.T. Act.

The Foundation also requests you to become a Member.

Members, except Associate, shall have the right to vote and also be eligible to be elected as an office-bearer or member of the Foundation's Executive Committee.

For more information please consult your family doctor or be in touch with your National Kidney Foundation (India).


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