Global Kidney Foundation

GKF is a not for profit community development project that offers services to raise awareness about renal health matters. gkf is working at community and global level to educate all people about the importance of preventing kidney disease, encouraging living donation and aiming to increase registered organ donors.

People all over the world now face renal issues more than ever. In some parts of the world like the UK patients’ survival rate is higher due to available facilities, treatments and awareness. Whereas in areas like developing world in general and poverty stricken in particular people don’t even posses sufficient knowledge and awareness about the disease leave alone dealing with it. It will be wise to infer that all the projects undertaken by UKCAB are dependent on each other as ignorance (lack of education) and unavailability of basic resources like clean drinking water results in situations like renal problems.

What do we aim to achieve

Organ Donation

Organ donation is the process of a person donating their organs for transplant. These are given to someone with life threateningly damaged organs that need to be replaced. By donating your organs after you die, you will help save and transform the lives of desperately ill people.

Keeping in mind the significance and importance of donating your organs after you die i.e. that when you DON’T need them anymore but can offer a chance to a living person to live life normally we invite you to register for organ donation at NHSBT either by using their link or filling the form on right hand side. In this form you could also specify whether you wish to have your organs used for people all over the world or just in the UK

Kidney being one of the most sensitive and in demand organ that needs to be transplanted widely all over the world we aim to specifically request kidney donations.

Kidney transplantation or renal transplantation is the organ transplant of a kidney into a patient with end-stage renal disease. Kidney transplantation is typically classified as deceased-donor (formerly known as cadaveric) or living-donor transplantation depending on the source of the donor organ. Living-donor renal transplants are further characterized as genetically related (living-related) or non-related (living-unrelated) transplants, depending on whether a biological relationship exists between the donor and recipient. Exchanges and chains are a novel approach to expand the living donor pool.

Kidney Transplantation

The first kidney transplantation in the United States was performed on June 17, 1950, on Ruth Tucker, a 44-year-old woman with polycystic kidney disease, at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, Illinois. Although the donated kidney was rejected ten months later because no immunosuppressive therapy as available at the time—the development of effective antirejection drugs was years away—the intervening time gave Tucker's remaining kidney time to recover and she lived another five years.

Renal Diseases Awareness

Most important steps to deal with renal issues are to inform people about Initial stage problems and remedies, Dialysis and its types. People also need Motivation during this life saving treatment as at the time it seems like a real struggle which influences not only the patient but the entire family. Motivate people to register with Organ Donation. Renal problems are a major concern for people all over the world in general and developing world in particular. We aim to educate and where possible train people with knowledge on how to avoid, deal with and treat such problems. We also aim to provide equipment where and when possible to treat these problems. The activities under this project include:

Main aims of the project

  • Propagate awareness about kidney diseases and prevention by arranging workshops
  • Arrange for treatments opportunities by providing equipments and medication
  • Build centres for consultation and treatments
  • Information about renal diseases

You can contribute in this part of the project by either making donation or volunteering to arrange for such awareness workshops in your chosen area. You can submit your Expression of interest by filling the form EOI from right hand side.

Dialysis

Dialysis is a form of treatment that replicates many of the kidney’s functions. In a human body kidney works as a filter that helps in getting rid of toxic matter like harmful waste, extra salt, and water from the body through excretion. In case of kidney failure that toxic and poisonous waste doesn’t get filtered and spreads in the body through blood flow. This could lead to death in most of the cases where the disease is chronic.

Dialysis is a process where machines and other equipment act as artificial kidney where the kidneys have lost most or all of their ability to function.

Dialysis is an increasingly common type of treatment. In the UK, more than 40,000 people are affected by kidney failure, with more than half this number receiving dialysis.

In the UK luckily the cost of such treatments are borne by NHS trust thus the actual financial implication doesn’t affect the people at large but in countries where patients have to pay for dialysis the cost becomes unbearable. Firstly the treatment is so expensive that most of the patients can’t afford to pay for it and then the machine and equipments are not advance and often make patients feel even sicker and unable to lead a normal life.