Dialysis is an extremely expensive affair. Many people cannot afford the continuous, sometimes life-long expense of dialysis. Some people simply give up and die. Some extremely generous people have established trusts where they provide subsidized or free dialysis for people who really need this.         

Given the high cost of renal transplantation, only a minority of those suffering from kidney failure in India can afford it. Dialysis is also beyond the means of many. Under the circumstances, though the Foundation we try to reach out to as many renal failure patients as possible. We realize that prevention of renal disease assumes overriding importance. In many cases, the simple checking of the urine for albumin and blood for urea and creatinine estimations can alert to the possibility of a kidney failure.HELP Foundation 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. What is more distressing is the amount of requests that come to us as part of out 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.

Major Drawback with Dialysis in India

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.Less than 10 percent of the total patients requiring dialysis are able to avail the facility, while only half of them are able to afford it on long term basis, due to cost, time and logistical factors. Currently, about eight lakh patients with terminal renal disease in India require dialysis and transplantations. But only 4,000 patients are getting kidney transplantations and an equal number are on maintenance 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. Adding to the problem, health insurance policies do not cover the cost of dialysis owing to the high cost.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 acute 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.Every third patient suffering from diabetes mellitus develops chronic kidney disease.               This is where NGOs, voluntary organizations and like minded individuals would have to set up standalone dialysis facilities in small towns, affiliated with reputed hospitals in metros, to serve the needs of poor patients. HELP Foundation has entered into an agreement with Ashtamudi Hospital, Kollam so that the financially backward and needy dialysis patients can be provided with the needed assistance.

Project Details

HELP Foundation intends to run the project in such a way that based on the tie-up with Ashtamudi Hospital, needy patients identified by HELP Foundation would be provided dialysis at bare minimum rates. A cost analysis of a single dialysis at Ashtamudi is approximately 13 Euros.Further to the arrangement with Ashtamudi Hospital HELP Foundations intend to bring down the cost further to the patients by supplying the materials needed inclusive of blood tubing and dialyser to the neediest.In addition to the above HELP Foundation would try and seek willing sponsors so that it presents  to them a unique way of celebrating holidays, anniversaries and other special occasions. Instead of flowers/chocolates, one can gift a dialysis on behalf of someone to a patient or even sponsor him or her as long as dialysis is needed.Over and above this HELP Foundation would try and work with reputed concerns who deal in dialysis machinery to install it in Ashtamudi Hospital, so that extremely poor patients could be treated at further concession and even for free.
Based on the above description we have devised three schemes


Scheme1: Free Dialysis.
This would be made possible by seeking willing sponsors, who can gift the cost of a dialysis to a patient.

Scheme2: Part Payment Dialysis.
This would be made possible by contributing the materials like blood tubing, dialyser etc, so that the patient would have to pay lesser cost. Patients who can afford to pay this charge would be encouraged to do so. For this scheme we would get in touch with manufactures that produce these materials and by purchasing in bulk from them we can make significant cost reductions.

Scheme3: Dialysis Machines
By this scheme we would setup the machines in Ashtamudi Hospital so that all we have to take care is cost of labour and the consumable materials required. For this scheme we intend to get in touch with companies like Fresenius and Siemens etc so that we can request for their CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility Funds). Ashtamudi Hospital can use the machines at the same time provide a higher number of free dialysis to HELP Foundation so that the most needy can be taken care of.

Current Status of the Project

HELP Foundation today supports needed patients in 5 hospitals in Kerala. These hospitals are located in Kollam and Trivandrum Districts of Kerala.

Contact Details

Contact Person    :   Jesmis J Kavunthanam
Contact details     :    0474-2556414, +91 9656 33 4444
Email                   :
Address                :    Mayyanad P.O, Kollam-691303

Bank Account Details for Assistance

Name of Bank : State Bank of INDIA
SB A/c No: 00000067199614110
IFSC Code : SBIN0070057
Branch : Mayyanad
District : Kollam
State : Kerala
Address : P.B.No.1, Kunnumpadam
Buildings, Mayyanad P.O.,
Kollam, Kerala, Pin-691303