TANKER Foundation

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. Host mentor and TANKER Founder Dr. Georgi Abraham believes more fellows from Africa and South Asia should be encouraged to train in India as it "adds value to their training by seeing and experiencing nephrology care in a low cost setting" .

Dr. Ghosh's gained hands-on training in Chronic Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD), haemodialysis and renal biopsy, and learned about awareness and prevention programs. Finally, she presented clinical research at the World Congress of Nephrology 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa.

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. Out of 8 North Eastern States only seven nephrologists are available and five of them are located in Gauwhati. It was found that the care given for CKD patients was in the lowest possible scale. Many of them suffered either due to inadequate facilities or due to the unaffordability of treatment.

This prompted Dr. Georgi Abraham and TANKER Foundation to raise funds to set up a dialysis unit at Manipur. Dr. Shaarath Kumar Prof. Nephrology, Manipur agreed to support the underprivileged suffering from CKD and Rev. Fr. Lijo of CMC, Manipur came forward to house the dialysis unit in CMC,Imphal.

TANKER Foundation with the support of donors mobilized funds for 4 dialysis machines, RO Plant and other required equipment for the dialysis center to the tune of Rs.33 lakhs. Fr. Lijo deputed a team of his committed staff to get trained in dialysis in Chennai. Training was given by Dr. Georgi and his team at MMM Hospital and by Ms. Padma .G of TANKER Foundation,at the Ambattur Rotary Hospital Unit.

This is another milestone for us in our work, by serving the underprivileged suffering from chronic kidney disease in North East India. The inauguration was held on 27th February 2016 at 3 pm in CMC,Imphal,Manipur.

Dr. Georgi Abraham, Founder Trustee was awarded

  • Vocational excellence award for excellence in promoting dialysis care and comfort Rotary club of Madras. Chennaipatna 1997.
  • International Distinguished Medal in Nephrology 2003, American Kidney Foundation, USA.
  • For the sake of honour award –Rotary Club of Ambattur 2006.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award by FICCI, Government Ministry of Health Tamil Nadu and Times of India, March 2011 for service to nation through charity work in TANKER.
  • Best Doctor Award for exemplary contribution in the field of Healthcare services, 2012 by Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. University by his Excellency Dr. K.Rosiah Governor of Tamilnadu.
  • First recipient of The International Society For Peritoneal Dialysis – Dimitrios G Oreopoulos Award for Lifetime Contributions to Peritoneal Dialysis – October 1st 2012.
  • Dr. K.V. Thiruvengadam Award for Health Care for the year 2013 by Rotary Club of Madras East.
  • Rama Varma Award for the outstanding Contribution in service to the patient care and medical education, 2013.
  • Tamil Nadu medical council .In recognition of exemplary service in the field of Medicine 2014 by his Excellency Dr. K.Rosiah Governor of Tamilnadu.
  • All India Malayalee Association Tamil Nadu chapter. Award for best Doctor 2014.
  • Mayan Awards 2014 Health and Fashion for impeccable venture in the field of Nephrology by his Excellency Dr. K.Rosiah Governor of Tamilnadu.
  • The International Society of Nephrology Roscoe Robinson Award 15th March 2015 for excellence in education of Nephrology and Medicine Cape Town, SouthAfrica.
  • Sri Shanmukhananda Ruby Jublee Healthcare Award 23th March 2015 Mumbai, India.

Mrs. Malathi Venkatesan, Trustee was awarded " The Shanmukhananda Healthcare Ruby Awards" at Mumbai on 23rd March 2015.

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. The founders believe that community health has a major role to play in appreciating the finer aspects of art and culture.

The Ruby celebrations (40 years completion) were held on 23rd March 2015 at the sabha's auditorium with the theme Celebrating Life. The success of community health care revolves around five key players and awards were given to distinguished persons serving humanity through health care in these categories:

  • The Doctors
  • The Nurses
  • The Patient
  • NGOs in the field of Health care
  • Public Institutions under State's control who support the goals of “Health for All"

Ms. Padma -Head- Dialysis Units was awarded Non Medical Professional Award at Madurai on 6th July 2014.

One of our staff Mrs. Malathy was awarded "Dedicated service Award" for serving the poor and needy by Rotary Club of Ambattur on 21st March 2015

One of our staff Mr. Giridaren was awarded "Social Responsibility Award" for serving the poor and needy Rotary club of Adyar on 21st March 2015

TANKER Foundation Madurai Subsidised Dialysis Unit received "Lifetime Achievement Award" from Medical Lab Owners Welfare Association at Madurai on 28th March 2015.

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