A.K. Giver Programme
This programme was started in 1987 to support the healthcare programmes that the NKF has established for the care of kidney failure patients. It provides donors with the option to donate a small gift every month through Inter Bank GIRO or credit card.
Every dollar you donate brings light in the lives of many in despair. Your gift of:
How do I donate to LifeDrops?
- $50 provides one patient with a month's supply of bloodlines and needles
- $30 provides one patient with one artificial kidney (dialyser) for a month
- $20 provides one patient with a month's supply of sterile packs
- $8 provides one patient with a week's supply of saline solution
You can contribute through GIRO or credit card. However, we prefer donations through GIRO, as it helps us to cut down on administrative costs.
When is the activation date for LifeDrops?
It will take approximately a month for the bank to facilitate your donations. We will send you an acknowledgement letter to notify you of your first deduction.
What are the tax benefits?
Your donations are granted 2.5 times the tax deductions, which means that for every $1 you give, $2.5 will be deducted from your taxable income. Please note that if you prefer your donations to be automatically included in your tax assessment, you need to provide your NRIC/FIN number.
What happens if there are insufficient funds in my account?
You can reach us at 1800 3515 435 (toll-free number) or at email@example.com
to make a special arrangement for the deduction date. You can also call this number for any other questions that you may have.
Support us by becoming a LifeDrops donor today!
Patients come for treatment 13 times a month and have to do so for the rest of their lives. For each treatment, they depend on an Artificial Kidney (A.K.) to filter waste and excess fluid from their body. However, one A.K. can only be used by one patient for about a month.
Dialysis and Medication Subsidies
Thus, $30 provides an A.K. for one patient for one month or $360 for one year. With around 2,500 patients, we will need over $1 million to fund artificial kidneys annually. Just $1 a day brings life and hope to a kidney patient!
Our primary aim is to provide quality dialysis at affordable and subsidised rates to needy patients who are from the lower-income group. In addition to the monthly dialysis fees, patients need to pay for their medication such as for treating anaemia, calcium and iron deficiency. As such, one-third of NKF patients receive 100% subsidy, paying nothing for their dialysis and more than half pay less than $50 a month.
Dialysis machines provide a lifeline to kidney patients. As we expand our dialysis programmes, we need to have new dialysis machines because continuous usage wears down dialysis machines, which have a limited lifespan of 30,000 hours or eight years of service.
Hence, the dialysis machines have to be replaced constantly to ensure patients receive optimum treatment. One dialysis machine, which costs around $20,000, can benefit six patients who are on dialysis for about four hours each time, three times a week.
Besides coping with chronic kidney failure, many of our patients have family support and coping issues and emotional and companionship needs. Without constant encouragement and holistic help, our patients may feel the full weight of their problems to be insurmountable. Hence, we also look into their psychosocial, physical health and nutritional needs.
- Trained medical social workers and practitioners provide counselling services, conduct home visits (when necessary) and initiate group therapy sessions and self-help groups to help patients.
- Nutrition counselling
- Exercise programmes
- Social and recreational activities
- Befrienders programme
- Free home glucose monitoring kits to diabetic patients
- Grains of Hope programme to provide basic food necessities
- Free essential blood tests for all patients
Needy patients such as amputees who require special transportation to and from dialysis centres but cannot afford the costs are given subsidies for their taxi and ambulance expenses for their three dialysis sessions every week. Other needy patients receive $30 a month to top up their EZ link cards for their bus and train expenses to and from the dialysis centres.
Education and Prevention
It is important to focus on community education on a larger scale, so that it can be sufficiently impactful to delay and prevent the onset of serious complications such as renal failure.
As such, NKF conducts health talks, seminars and health screenings; open house at dialysis centres; and outreach programmes to schools and the community.