Dialysis Unit





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Region: Asia

Country: India

Location: Dindigul

Total Budget: $93,000

Area of Focus: Disease prevention and treatment

NAME OF THE PROJECT: Dialysis Unit @ CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP HOSPITAL, Oddanchatram, Dindigul Dist.


To provide affordable dialysis related support to people in and around Oddanchatram.

To enable those people with Chronic Kidney Disease living in poverty access timely and quality support.

To ensure those needy people who can get excluded from the access to Dialysis have access to these services (affected people who cannot afford these services, people living with HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and other needy people who experience stigma in their attempts at accessing dialysis.

BRIEF about the Beneficiary and the PROJECT SUMMARY The Christian Fellowship Hospital has been at the fore in providing quality, ethical and affordable health care and other services that target the most vulnerable and marginalised communities attempt at well being. Only 3% to 5% of all patients with ESRD(End Stage Renal Disease / Stage 5 of Chronic Kidney Failure) in India get some form of renal replacement therapy (RRT). A costing study by the Indian Medical association Taimlnadu branch pegged the cost at Rs.3400 per session if all standard guidelines and protocols are followed. For someone who does two sessions per week which is the bare minimum,(while 3 per week is just adequate and daily home sessions are the ideal) the cost comes to about Rs. 15,000 per month. Add to this, the cost of Erythropoietin, lab tests, doctor consultations and other medicines. The total cost of treatment, then, is at least, about Rs. 25,000 per month. A very miniscule percentage of the Indian population can afford this kind of recurring expense. As per data at the end of 2017, the number of beneficiaries under subsidized RRT in Tamilnadu was 4302 patients per year only, where the expected suffering population may be around 1,25,000 with around 68% shortfall of haemodialysis machine requirements.

It is in this context of need that Christian Fellowship Hospital hopes to provide a sustainable long term solution to affected people in Dindigul District. It proposes to provide quality, affordable dialysis services with inhouse nephrological consultation and facilitation targeting affected persons from impoverished backgrounds and others who might exprience stigma in thier access.

PROJECT BENEFICIARIES 1. The project will focus on enabling the poor who otherwise will struggle to access dialysis services access quality dialysis and Nephrological support services. Those affected who require this service on a regular basis will be assessed for priority through home visits by the social workers who are part of the community health department. Two of the six dialysis units will be available on proirity to this focus group.

2. Stigmatised people who require this service (those with HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and other issues that predispose to discrimination against them in access to these services elsewhere) will be able to access these services on priority and one of the six units will be available to them exclusively, with potential to add more machines later if numbers increase.

3. The general public will further be able to access these services.

4.Through its community health department it will further hope to raise awareness and address the issues that predispose local communities to these chronic ailments

AREA OF FOCUS Access to affordable Dialysis and Nephrological services for the affected poor and stigmatised

PROJECT LOCATION Christian Fellowship Hospital, Oddanchatram, Dindigul District

PROJECT SUSTAINABILITY The project will be owned and operated by the co-operating organisation ie. the Christian Fellowship Hospital which is running successfully for past 64 years, takes the responsibility of sustainably operating, maintaining and staffing the project.

The Tamilnadu Chief Minister's Insurance Scheme that covers many services in the hospital at present will likely fund the dialysis patients.

EXPECTED PROJECT IMPACT Increased accessibility and affordability of dialysis services for people in and around Oddanchatram, especially the poor and stigmatised

PROJECT LOCAL HOST CLUB Rotary Club of Dindigul



COOPERATING ORGANIZATION Christian Fellowship Hospital, Oddanchatram, Dindigul District Tamil Nadu, India. It was started in 1955 to serve the rural poor who were affected by TB and Leprosy, who don't have access and financial background for the health service. Now CF Hospital treats an average of 1500 rural poor people every day within the Hospital and many many more beyond, through the village clinics, community outreach, school health work and various other initiatives


RUNNING COST (IF ANY) Will be borne by the Co-operating Organization

Primary Host Partner

District: 3000

Rotary Club of: Dindigul

Primary Contact: Vincent Hirudayaraj

Email: rotary3k@gmail.com

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