LifeDrops programme provides donors with the option to donate a small gift every month through Inter Bank GIRO or credit card. It is convenient way of giving where a steady stream of funds ensures patients’ lifelong and expensive treatment. It also enables fundraising expenses to be kept low so the savings can benefit more needy patients.
Dialysis and Medical Subsidies
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. With the subsidies made possible by your donation, 45% of our patients do not pay anything and 60% pay $50 or less 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 the 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. Your donation of $20,000 will provide 1 dialysis machine that can benefit six patients who are on dialysis for about four hours each session, three times a week.
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. Thus, a $30 donation provides an A.K. for one patient for one month or $360 for one year.
Education & 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. Your donation supports conducting of health talks, seminars and health screenings; open house at dialysis centres; and outreach programmes to schools and the community.
Besides coping with chronic kidney failure, many of our patients require constant encouragement and holistic care. Your donation contributes to their psychosocial, physical health, nutritional and transportation needs so they may not feel the full weight of their problems to be insurmountable.
- 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
- Transportation subsidies for taxi and ambulance expenses for 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.
Whether it is an anniversary, birthday, engagement, baby shower, wedding day or Mother’s/Father’s Day, jump start your celebrations and make it truly extra-ordinary! It is also a great way to pay tribute to that someone special by donating in honour or in memory of your loved one. Give Life & Hope to needy kidney patients and make this day both memorable and meaningful!