We have completed 23 years of service for the underprivileged with kidney ailments. With your help, we have meaningfully contributed to healthcare, research, training and advocacy connected to kidney disease. From June 1993 till April this year, TANKER has provided 206,741 free and subsidized dialysis for 1000 patients. We have also given financial support of Rs. 126 Lakhs to 2737 patients as one-time contributions ranging from Rs. 5,000/- to Rs. 50,000/- for transplantation, medication, investigation and fistula surgery costs.


Our five subsidized dialysis units have a total of 62 Dialysis Stations situated in Ambattur Rotary Hospital (Chennai), TVS Hospital, Chokkikulam (Madurai), RVS College of Nursing, Kannampalayam, (Coimbatore), Corporation P.H.C, Nungambakkam along with RCME (Chennai), and in Thiruverkadu with RCMW (Chennai).  We do 2383 dialyses per month, of which 1934 are free of cost with valuable help from the Chief Ministers Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS) and other donors. At present, we help 290 patients in our units. We also have a dialysis facility at PIMS, Pondicherry. In November 2009, we started our HIV Dialysis Unit providing dialysis to underprivileged HIV patients. This is the first of its kind in India.  We also support Kerala Kidney Research Foundation, which provides free and subsidized dialysis at Thiruvalla Medical Mission, SH Hospital, Kottayam and PVS Hospital, Kochi (Kerala). TANKER has set up a new unit in February 2016 in Imphal, Manipur along with Catholic Mission Centre Hospital with 4 machines and other equipment to the tune of Rs. 33 Lakhs.


Almost 2.5 lakh people die of kidney failure in India every year. It is the third largest killer after malignancy and heart disease. Along with helping our patients, spreading the word about kidney disease is equally important to TANKER. We have reached out to more than 1.19 lakh people with the 778 Awareness Programmes we conducted at schools, colleges, law enforcement offices and public forums. We have also screened 25,000 individuals for early detection of kidney disease through our 252 screening camps. As the field of research in kidney diseases requires more attention and guidance in India, TANKER also gives awards for research in Nephrology and Service to the tune of Rs. 7 lakhs every year.



A World that ensures good healthcare and medical facilities to all.


To detect, prevent and raise awareness on kidney ailments and to provide quality, affordable treatment to underprivileged people.

The TANKER (an acronym for Tamilnad Kidney Research) Foundation is a registered, non - profit charitable trust, founded on 30th June 1993. TANKER aims to provide healthcare and financial assistance to those who have kidney problems and do not have the wherewithal to seek medical attention.

TANKER cares for those, the underprivileged, who suffer kidney problems of any kind, reversible or terminal, regardless of caste, creed, sex or religion.

TANKER along with our goodwill ambassador actor Suriya intends setting up dialysis units in other parts of Tamil Nadu.

TANKER with actor Suriya's help aims to take the awareness and screening programme to schools and colleges all over Tamil Nadu.

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  • Our donor Mrs. Nirmala Sharma visited our Admin Office to make a donation.

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  • 35th Annual Congress of the Egyptian Society of Nephrology & Transplantation 2017 Meeting - Cairo (28th February - 3rd March)

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  • 35th Annual Congress of the Egyptian Society of Nephrology & Transplantation 2017 Meeting - Cairo (28th February - 3rd March)

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  • 24th TANKER Annual Charity and Awards Nite 2017

    Our 24th Annual Charity and Awards Nite was held on Wednesday, 25th January 2017 at 5.45 pm at Hotel Savera, RK Salai, Chennai.For the past Eight years we have used this special night as a platform to recognise

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  • Inauguration

    Inauguration of the new expanded Greater Chennai Corporation Rotary Club of Madras East & TANKER Foundation Dialysis Unit by Sri R.S.Suriya,TANKER's Goodwill Ambassador

    On monday 19th December, The Greater Chennai Corporation, Rotary Club of Madras...

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    Every 5 reviews on Medadvisor.in sponsors a free dialysis at Tanker Foundation

    Medadvisor.in jointly with TANKER Foundation is running a unique 'review and save life' initiative through December 2016. For every 5 reviews posted on the Medadvisor.in site, one economically challenged patient would get a free dialysis at the Tanker Foundation centres in Chennai. This initiative of Medadvisor India P Ltd coincides with their recent Chennai launch and is aimed at saving lives of those in desperate need of dialysis but cannot afford the same.

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    We put up awareness stalls at Indian Oil Corporation Petrol Station and Aavin Parlours in Chennai between 1st October to 7th October 2016. 7000 people were given leaflets.

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  • Treating the poorest kidney patient in the world

    ISN Fellow Sudakshina Ghosh from Tanzania trained at the Madras Medical Mission and got involved with India’s TANKER Foundation, which helps the country’s poorest kidney patients.

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  • AV Graft Fistula

    Mr. Jayaram currently a patient of CKD is just 14 years and is a student of class 10. His father deserted him after knowing his condition. He is being looked after by mother who is domestic help earning around Rs 4,000 per month. Occasionally he gets support from his friends and relatives.

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  • TANKER Awareness and Prevention Center on Every Saturday

    TANKER Foundation in coordination with Rotary Club of Ambattur is conducting an exclusive clinic on every Saturday from 2 PM to 3 PM at Ambattur Rotary Hospital.

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  • Mr. S. V. Venkatesan distributed Rs. 1 Lakh to the families

    Mrs. MalathiVenkatesan Endowment Fund for education for TANKER patients children. Mr. S. V. Venkatesan distributed Rs. 1 Lakh to the families.

  • Manipur Dialysis Unit Inauguration

    Dr. Georgi Abraham MD. FRCP Nephrologist, Founder Trustee TANKER Foundation was on a visit to Manipur for a scientific lecture on CKD patients and the impact of Haemodialysis and their livelihood.

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  • Non Medical Professional Award

    Mrs Padma-Head of TANKER Dialysis units was awarded the Non Medical Prefessional award in Madurai on 6th July 2014.She heads all 4 dialysis units of TANKER

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  • The Shanmukhananda Healthcare Ruby Awards

    Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts & Sangeetha Sabha, Mumbai has over the past six decades played a unique role in the national integration and cultural synthesis of India. The sabha is the only institution in the country and possibly in the world that combines Fine Arts and Health care.

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