Kondammaltrust initiative into this arena is to ensure that no kidney patient will perish because of the lack of funds for dialysis and to prevent kidney failure due to diabetes and other complications. More importantly bring down the current high cost of a single dialysis, due to the unethical practices of a few nephrologists and hospital administrators. What is more distressing is the amount of requests that come to us as part of our micro medical insurance program and the sorry state of affairs of youngsters who want to continue to live on earth, but unable to foot the cost of dialysis. What we see often is these people putting up with the pain and perform dialysis only once in a fortnight. India gets 1.5 lakh (150,000) patients with kidney failures every year and a majority of them die within five years due to the acute shortage of dialysis units in the country. There are roughly 1,500 dialysis units in the whole country, whereas 40,000 of them are immediately required, says Indian Society of Hemodialysis. Unfortunately, not a single dialysis unit is made in India and they have to be imported from Sweden and Germany. About 90 percent of these facilities are in the private sector for which patients, whether rich or poor, have to pay. Dialysis treatment is very expensive given that a patient normally receives dialysis at least thrice a week and monthly expenses amount to Rs.25, 000. The medicines are also equally costly and a majority of the patients are not able to afford this treatment. Another problem is the acute shortage of the trained medical professionals in India.
At present, there are only 1,000 nephrologists while 20,000 are required. There is also crippling shortage of dialysis technologists and nurses. The situation is expected to deteriorate further in the immediate term. The International Diabetes Foundation has reported approximately 54 million diabetic patients in India in 2010, and the number is likely to touch 70 million by the year 2025.
Kondammal trust intends to run the project in such a way that based on the tie-up with Arthi Hospital we have set up our subsidized dialysis centre. Needy patients identified by
Kondammal trust would be provided dialysis at bare minimum rates or even fully free of cost. Further to the arrangement with Arthi Hospital Kondammal trust intend to bring down the cost even more to the patients by supplying the materials needed inclusive of blood tubing and dialyzer to the neediest