In Guyana, no patient is turned away, even if they cannot afford medical care.
In developing countries, kidney disease often progresses to kidney failure because of late diagnosis. This is a major health issue in many Carribbean countries and adequate medical services to deal with kidney failure are usually not affordable for many. In Guyana, where renal disease and subsequent renal failure is on the rise, the government hospitals do not yet provide full and proper kidney care and dialysis treatment.
The current dialysis unit as a stand-alone function is not sustainable since, the cost for one session of dialysis is $ 94.00 CAD. The average prices the centre earns is $63.00 CAD per session, this includes free and subsidized sessions for those patients who cannot afford to pay the full price. There is a difference of CDN $ 31.00 that must be subsidized i.e. A shortfall of $ 268.000.00 CAD. Currently this shortfall is supported by Voice of the Vedas, Gafsons Industries Ltd. and local sponsors.
HOW IDRF IS HELPING
The DMC has been implementing this project for several years and has even implemented this project with IDRF in the past. The expected results are dialysis services offered to patients that are in dire need.
This project will aid in the purchasing of dialysis filters (Revaclear 400) from Baxter International in Canada through St. Joseph Hamilton Healthcare. With this DMC can continue providing dialysis and adequately manage its operations.
DMC Dialysis unit will not be self-sustaining however, this project will offset the cost of dialysis filters and will allow the DMC to direct donor support towards the completion of the outpatient unit and other services to generate income by 2019. Once income is generated the DMC will use these funds to cover the cost of the Dialysis unit upon completion of this project in 2020.
This project will provide dialysis at a subsidized cost to 100 dialysis patients over two years through the purchasing of dialysis filters. Dialysis patients place themselves at risk, meaning they compromise their health if they are not present for dialysis as instructed by their Nephrologist. Hence, by offering dialysis at a subsidized cost these patients would not abstain from attending dialysis and we therefore help in reducing the risk of premature deaths.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
$1000 dollars provides access to kidney dialysis for patients at the DMRC 2-3 times a week for a period of one year
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