TANKER Patients Ramp Walk
TANKER had a Dialysis Patients Ramp Walk for Ms.TANKER and Mr.TANKER as part of their 27th Annual Awards Nite,presented and conducted by TANKER Trustee Ms.Revathy.The outfits for the patients were donated by Samastha and Fab India. Ms.Revathy's personal makeup artist helped in getting the 16 participants ready. Ms.Uma Mageshwari was crowned Ms.TANKER and Mr.Regi, Mr.Lal Bahadur and Mr.Mahendran were crowned Mr.TANKER.All contestants received prizes and special prizes were given to the winners.It was truly a wonderful and moving experience for the audience and the participants. The dialysis patients were overjoyed to have taken part and said that it made them feel so special and that it was a great feeling for them to be part of the Ramp Walk organised by Ms.Revathy and TANKER Foundation.
We have completed 26 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 January 2020, TANKER has provided 323,773 free and subsidized dialysis for 1588 patients. We have also given financial support of Rs. 324 Lakhs to 3295 patients as one-time contributions ranging from Rs. 5,000/- to Rs. 50,000/- for transplantation, medication, investigation and fistula surgery costs.
Our eight subsidized dialysis units have a total of 126 Dialysis Stations situated in 1. Ambattur Rotary Hospital, Chennai, 2. Arogya Trust, Chokkikulam, Madurai, 3. RVS College of Nursing, Kannampalayam, Coimbatore, 4. Corporation P.H.C, Nungambakkam along with Rotary Club of Madras East Chennai, 5. Thiruverkadu with Rotary Club of Madras West Chennai, 6. Vellore with Rotary Club of Vellore Fort 7. Corporation U. P. H. C, Retteri along with Rotary Club of Chennai Towers, Chennai, and 8. Perungudi with Corporation U.C.H.C. We do 5180 dialyses per month, of which 4927 are free of cost with valuable help from the Chief Ministers Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS), Greater Chennai Corporation and other valuable donors. At present, we help 572 patients in our units. We also have a dialysis facility at PIMS, Pondicherry. In November 2009, we started our HIV Dialysis Unit for underprivileged HIV patients, 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). We have recently also donated 4 machines worth Rs. 24 Lakhs. In February 2016, TANKER helped Catholic Mission Centre Hospital, Imphal, Manipur with 4 machines and equipment worth Rs. 33 Lakhs. TANKER along with The Madras Medical Misson has donated a machine to the Daressalaam GH in Tanzania.
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 1.87 lakh people with the 1264 Awareness Programmes we conducted at schools, colleges, law enforcement offices and public forums. We have also screened 35,154 individuals for early detection of kidney disease through our 409 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. 8 lakhs every year.