In the Kashmir valley we are having a steep increase in the number of patients with chronic renal failure who are in need of hemodialysis. Most of these people cannot afford it as the cost is reasonably high. Some studies have shown that only 10-30 percent of the patients undergo dialysis due to cost factor. This provided us the idea of setting up dialysis center. ILahiya dialysis center is the first “stand alone” dialysis center to be established in Kashmir. The center was established with the aim to provide quality hemodialysis at the lowest possible price .
In the center we have two groups of patients:
General patients: In this group on the average patients are able to save nearly 40-50 % of their monthly expenditure as they are charged on no profit –no loss basis.
Sponsored patients: In nearly 70 % patients, free service is provided as the cost is borne either by us or by other organizations with whom we have formed a collaboration.
We are doing 400- 500 dialysis sessions per month.
Many patients are helped by the trust in form of free medicines, paying for investigations or buying consumables for surgery.
In view of the fact that the patients have to travel a long distance for undergoing the dialysis, we have started free pick and drop facility for some of the patients which has greatly facilitated their attendance for the dialysis schedule. This has been done with collaboration with other NGOs