From: Samarth Foundation Date: Sun, Dec 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM Subject: Fwd: Dialysis Machine Inauguration at Bangalore Kidney Foundation. To: Dear All, Since the time that a dialysis machine was gifted to Rangadore Memorial Hospital, we had started (in July) funding the dialysis of Rajasekar (son of a taxi driver) at the hospital. Rajasekar (age: in his 20's) was undergoing dialysis at some other hospital in Bangalore which was not only more expensive but also less effective. As a result he was feeling too weak and drained out to go out and work. His father and brother (both cab drivers) were working overtime to fund the home and his dialysis. Once the dialysis at RMH began, he found that he was feeling more energetic and when we met him, we found that he was actually an engineering graduate and a specialist in UNIX support at IT offices ! He was now able to attend job interviews and secured a job (in his field of expertise) and one which also gives him the flexibility of attending both office and dialysis sessions ! The family burden has also reduced. (Not only are dialysis costs borne by Samarth, but some sessions are given free by BKF) Rajasekar is an example of how BKF and RMH meet their twin goals: 1. Provide High Quality dialysis at low cost. Their motto: 5 Star quality at Darshini cost. (Darshini - term for roadside eatery in Bangalore) 2. Enable Kidney patients to (resume) work and be productive members of society. We are happy to have partnered with BKF & RMH and we recently also paid Rs 1 lakh for the AMC of some dialysis machines. If some of you might be interested in a visit to the impressive hospital, let us know we will plan a visit some day. Best Regards Ravi Karnad

Ravi Karnad |Samarth Foundation

My only son who was our bread winner met with a car accident, I am on dialysis since 1 years 8 months. My wife does maid-servant job and also takes care of me. As we do not have any other support, it is very kind of Bangalore Kidney Foundation helping us by giving few free and subsidized dialysis. They are also providing ration which keeps us going. Thanks to Bangalore Kidney Foundation.

Krishnappa (60 years) | Patient

I am undergoing dialysis in this dialysis centre since 8 months. I am housewife having 2 school going children. Since my husband is working in private firm we are in hardship going through this. Bangalore Kidney Foundation is giving us bit relief by give low cost dialysis, few free and subsidized dialysis. I wish they continue to do more..

ROOPA(32 Years) | Patient

Bangalore Kidney Foundation was established on 5th Feb 1979 as a public charitable trust with the major objective of providing assistance to the poor and needy chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. The BKF is unique in that all trustees are non-medical professionals from different professions, who volunteer their time towards the BKF objectives. Trustees belong to different professions like chartered Accountant, Legal, Manufacturing, IT and Real Estate. The BKF model is to deliver almost 100% of donor money to the deserving recipients. This is achieved through volunteering and administration expenses met through CSR initiative of companies.

suby suby | Social Convergence

BKF has commenced a new scheme in the RMH dialysis center. When a patient can afford to pay a partial amount towards the price of dialysis, BKF funds the balance amount. In many cases the patient pays Rs. 550 per dialysis and BKF pays the balance Rs. 100 to the hospital. This scheme allows BKF to subsidize patients who can partially fund their dialysis but cant afford to pay the full amount. This scheme has resulted in a number of patients benefiting from having a dialysis that they may have missed their prescribed number of dialysis per week.

neeraj Neeraj | Social Convergence

The BKF is a charitable organisation that provides dialysis treatment and rehabilitative care to kidney failure patients at affordable, subsidised rates. Our philosophy is to care for our patients holistically, aiming to help patients maintain a reasonable quality of life. The BKF also provides health-screening and public education services to raise the community's awareness on the importance of renal disease prevention.

Nagashwini Nagashwini | Social Convergence

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