A person suffering from kidney failure can survive only when he/she undergoes dialysis or a kidney transplantation. Haemodialysis involves the use of an artificial kidney termed "Dialyser", which emulates the functions of a normal kidney. It needs to be done 2-3 times a week and is an expensive process.
The TANKER Foundation has made dialysis affordable for the economically backward using their Subsidised Units listed below. Dialysis in a private hospital costs anywhere between Rs 1500 to Rs. 2500. At TANKER, dialysis is offered either free or at a subsidised rate of Rs. 375 to patients. It costs TANKER Rs.900 for every dialysis. The shortfall of Rs.525/- is covered by donations from well wishers. Presently 175 patients benefit from this every month.
Our Dialysis units employ state of the art technology and have RO filtration plants and are fully air conditioned. The dialysis are offered twice a week. TANKER also provides free and subsidised erythropoetin injections that are otherwise prohibitively expensive.
We have also taken the initiative to introduce a dedicated dialysis unit for HIV positive patients, the first of its kind in India.
This is at the Kilpauk Unit and has two machines. TANKER will be setting up dialysis units in Coimbatore, Salme and South Madras shortly. Exclusive dialysis machines are also available for HCV positive patients.
Contact: Ambattur Rotary Club Hospital 1'st MAIN Road, Ambattur Industrial Estate, Chennai-600058, Ph: 044 - 26250727.
This unit has 20 dialysis stations. We do 960 per month out of which 917 are given free.
Contact: Race Course Road, Chokkikulam, Madurai - 625 002. Ph: 0452 - 2525690.
This unit has 9 dialysis stations. Three dialysis stations are used for hepatitis B and C positive patients. 478 dialyses are done per month out of which 467 are given free.
Contact: No.242 - B, Trichy Road, Sulur, Coimbatore - 641402. Ph: 0422 - 2687077.
This unit has 5 dialysis stations. We do 191 per month out of which 80 are given free.
Contact: Corporation PHC Valluvar Kottom Highroad, Nungambakkam, Chennai-600038.
This unit has 4 dialysis stations. We do 107 per month are given free.
The Madras West Round Table 10, The Madras Ladies Circle 2 and TANKER's Goodwill Ambassador Mr. R.S.Suriya launched the Dialysis A Day (DAD) project. The Madras West Round Table 10 and The Madras Ladies Circle 2 sponsor one free dialysis a day each at the Ambattur and Kilpauk Units and Mr. Suriya sponsors one free Dialysis a Day at the Madurai Unit.
Under our "Sponsor a Dialysis" scheme from March 2001 to August 2013, 38490 free dialyses have been sponsored. At present 30% of Dialyses in all 3 Units are being given free of cost. Thanks to our regular donors - Sri Rama Trust, Raja Charity Trust, , AVM Charities, GKR Charities, Essar Group, Shree Saritha Jain Foundation Trust , I K P Constructions and many others.