The Kidney Dialysis Foundation: Helping Singapore’s Neediest

The Kidney Dialysis Foundation (KDF) is a non-profit charitable organisation that endeavors to treat patients from the lowest of the 10% income group in Singapore.

Approximately 1 in 9 Singaporeans suffer from diabetes. Diabetes can eventually lead to kidney failure. How can we treat kidney failure, especially for those who cannot afford health care?

Dr Gordon Ku, a kidney specialist established the KDF in February 1996 to provides subsidized dialysis treatment. By attending to a niche group of patients, such as cleaners, store assistants, and taxi drivers, the KDF changes the lives of needy members of the community.  Patients are referred by medical social workers, and through KDF’s resources, are not be deprived of treatment due to financial restraints.

KDF takes a holistic approach when caring for patients.  It is KDF’s mission to ensure the patients’ well-being. They can do this by kindling hope and strength to make life more meaningful; even for the most destitute.

The foundation, with the support of donors and sponsors, has set up a several campuses to care for its patients. Through 2016, KDF has served over 818 patients – 77 of which have undergone successful kidney transplantations.

 

Through medical outreach, education, and fundraising, KDF has changed in the lives of hundreds of people. They reach out to the community through multifaceted educational efforts, utilizing the “3 P’s” of Education – Public, Patient and Professional. In the public sphere, it has produced the “New Lease of Life” stores, featured eight episodes portraying real KDF patients who are live with the daily battle of life with with kidney diseases. With patients, they take care to instruct and guide all pre-ESRD patients and their families on the available treatment options. Professionally, KDF annually trains its staff: they update staff in the practice of nephrology, for example.

The Kidney Dialysis Foundation serves about 338 patients currently. Annually, at least $4 million is needed to cover medical costs and to support research for a cure.

Anthony S Casey recently made a generous donation to the KDF. You can too!

Donations are accepted online: Donate to KDF