Bridge of Life – DaVita Medical Missions Partners with DaVita NephroLife and
HBS Trust to Increase Access to Dialysis Care in India
DENVER -- October 8, 2013
Bridge of Life – DaVita Medical Missions™, a nonprofit organization dedicated
to expanding dialysis and kidney care in underserved communities, is excited
to announce the completion of its recent medical mission in India to upgrade
the capacity of two dialysis clinics with the support from local partners,
India-based DaVita NephroLife® and Human Benefit Services (HBS) Trust.
Bridge of Life first worked with HBS Trust in 2008 to deliver 19 dialysis
machines and establish two new dialysis clinics in the Rajasthan cities of
Jodhpur and Phalodi. HBS Trust continues to operate the clinics and ensures
their sustainability by subsidizing treatment for people who otherwise would
not be able to receive dialysis. Today, half of the machines initially
installed have gone offline – either worn out due to heavy use or broken with
no technician available for repairs.
Bridge of Life partnered with DaVita NephroLife to evaluate existing
equipment, identify and source new equipment, and provide local and responsive
support while saving Bridge of Life the expenses normally used to send
Four volunteers from DaVita NephroLife oversaw the delivery and installation
of 10 machines, six of which were donated to Jodhpur and four to Phalodi.
Kishore Thomas, DaVita NephroLife’s clinical service specialist, provided
updated clinical and biomedical training.
"Bridge of Life and DaVita NephroLife have been outstanding partner
organizations,” said Sachin H. Jain, who helped create the dialysis program at
HBS Trust. “They have committed to real capacity-building through deep
knowledge exchange and equipment donations. Our joint efforts to expand access
to quality dialysis services in India is making a significant difference to
the lives of patients every day."
“NephroLife and HBS Trust are saving lives by making treatment possible for
patients who otherwise would have no options,” said Lori Vaclavik, Bridge of
Life’s executive director. “We would not have been able to complete this
medical mission without their assistance and expertise.”
The new machines have increased the clinics’ current treatment capacity, and
now 15 additional patients who otherwise would not have had other treatment
options are able to receive care.
“Patients are happy with the great help and services available to them because
of Bridge of Life,” said Girdhari Singh Jakhar, a registered nurse at one of
the facilities. “The number of patients who can now receive care and
treatments has risen.”
On October 2, the Rajasthan state government in India implemented a new
initiative that provides dialysis at no cost to every patient at
government-funded facilities, which will result in further increases in
treatment capacity at these clinics.
About Bridge of Life
Bridge of Life – DaVita Medical Missions, originally founded by DaVita
HealthCare Partners Inc., is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
whose mission is to help improve kidney health and save lives by bringing
treatment, education, and hope to underserved communities around the world. As
of August 31, 2013, Bridge of Life has conducted 31 Medical Missions in 11
countries, installed or repaired 184 dialysis machines, trained more than 400
kidney care professionals, and increased the capacity of clinics to provide an
estimated 105,000 treatments to more than 1000 additional individuals per
year. For more information about the organization, please visit
About DaVita NephroLife
DaVita NephroLife is a partnership between DaVita Inc. and NephroLife Care
(India) Pvt. Ltd. that offers India's first-of-its-kind renal disease
management centre for Acute, Chronic, and End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).
DaVita NephroLife brings together expertise in Nephrology, Dialysis, Urology,
Vascular Surgery, General Medicine, Psychology, Diet & Lifestyle Management
and Diagnostics. DaVita NephroLife also operates two other centres in Chennai
at BRS Hospital, Nungambakkam and Kumaran Hospitals at Poonamallee High Road,
which are part of its network of 11 centers across 6 cities.
About Human Benefit Services Trust
Human Benefit Services (HBS) Trust, and its US-affiliate International Human
Benefit Services (IHBS), are independent nonprofit organizations whose common
mission is to build sustainable health care, education, and social services
infrastructure in Rajasthan, India. Founded in 1979,the Trust's operational
entities include a 100-bed rural hospital; mobile community-based health
services; a K-10 school system; a women's empowerment program; and dialysis
centers. The trust has successfully partnered with other global NGOs such
asBridge of Life – DaVita Medical Missions;SightSavers International;
Medical Missions for Children; Share and Care Foundation; and others to
fulfill its mission of enhancing life in underserved areas of Rajasthan,
India. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bridge of Life – DaVita Medical Missions
Stephanie Bertsch-Merbach, 303-876-6631
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