The Need in India
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a global health problem. The prevalence of kidney disease in India is unclear as a result of limited data and resources. However, the high prevalence of diabetes in India increases the likelihood of widespread kidney problems of various types. Studies show differences of occurrences in kidney dysfunction; however, all studies show an ever-increasing occurrence of this End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).
With a population over one billion, India is estimated to have 1,100 nephrologists or kidney specialists and 7,000 dialysis centers with a total of 4,000 dialysis machines. These numbers are not enough to meet the ever-growing demand for kidney care. In addition to this overall disparity, the distribution of these resources is not effective to serve kidney patients in rural areas. Most resources are provided by private companies that focus on establishing clinics in highly urbanized areas.
The cost at which these centers provide dialysis is also an issue for a majority of kidney patients. The average cost of one dialysis treatment is well over 1000 (around $15) rupees, a cripplingly large amount for countless families who usually get by on $2 a day. Government support does very little in providing aid in the payment of these dialysis treatments. The Indian government spends more money on healthcare efforts which specifically target infectious disease, sanitation, and nutrition. Pervasive and growing kidney complications are not topics of focus.
You can help us in our mission. By donating, you help save lives and improve the quality of life for those with kidney failure. Every $100 we receive provides one patient in India with three dialysis treatments.
Because of all of this, there is a clear need for help in India. Tens of thousands are dying because they are unable to receive dialysis treatment. More than 90 percent of the 230,000 people who develop CKD in India will die within months due to lack of treatment.
Kidney Clinics and Research Centers International is combating these deadly kidney diseases that plague so many in India. We at KCRCI have expanded services to make dialysis treatments more accessible to patients, to help minimize costs charged by clinics, and establish standards of care that are currently not widespread in India.