A great way to show support for people who have chronic kidney disease (CKD), are on dialysis or have had a kidney transplant is to donate to kidney disease charities. These charities exist to raise funds for education, research, prevention and screenings.
Before you choose a charity, do some research to find the charity that speaks to you the most.
In what ways can you donate to kidney disease charities?
Whether it’s time, money or another kind of support, there are many ways you can donate to kidney disease charities:
Volunteering is a great way to support people with kidney disease. Offer to help out at the office of a kidney charity by planning fundraisers or performing general office tasks. If you want to be in direct contact with people affected by CKD, consider spending time with dialysis patients and their families at a dialysis center. You may even help dialysis patients abroad through volunteering Programs.
2. Give money
Even the smallest financial donation is appreciated. Many kidney organizations accept donations online or over the phone. You may contact them and find out more details
3. Participate in a fundraising event
Show your support by participating in a fundraising event for a kidney organization. You can help kidney patients and your own health at the same time by participating in a fundraising walk, run or other activity.
4. The ultimate donation: a kidney
There are 97,000 people on the kidney transplant waiting list.Give the gift of life by donating a kidney. Visit the UKF Registry to learn more about the process.
Kidney disease is a serious health condition and you can help make an impact in the lives of those with the disease by donating money, vehicles, time and even your own kidney. Once you find a kidney charity that is important to you, talk to your friends, neighbors and coworkers about how they can get involved, too. Get the word out today by sharing what you’ve found on our website.
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To be a kidney donor, one must have no evidence of kidney disease.
You know how devastating kidney disease can be, and you want to do something about it.
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“We don’t have sufficient data on the disease. We understand more about HIV, malaria and tuberculosis, because these are diseases with lots of funding behind them. But funding for kidney disease isn’t there. Kidney disease deserves the same level of importance as HIV” – Dr Robert Kalyesubula, nephrologist at Mulago Hospital in Kampala
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a growing health burden in Uganda that is affecting the economic, social and physical livelihoods of patients and their family members.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that with CKD being the 12th leading cause of deaths worldwide and its incidence growing by around eight percent annually, it is a global public health concern.
Mulago National Referral Hospital is the only public hospital in Uganda treating patients with renal or kidney-related complications and that often places a further burden on patients who have to travel long distances to the dialysis unit. Further problem is that the dialysis unit only has 33 haemodialysis machines for a total population of about 36 million people.
When the unit opened almost eight years ago with four dialysis machines, a patient had to pay the equivalent of 500 dollars for a week of dialysis treatment, making the cost of treatment prohibitive.