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Prevention Thru Awareness : Your Kidneys and YOU

Apart from our routine awareness programmes that we do for various organisations across the state at their own premises, four major Public Awareness Programmes were held during this quarter, one each at Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Surat and Rajkot

Awareness Talk at Ahmedabad

This program was organised with Senior Citizens’ Club , Maninagar on 6th January . Dr. Abhay Khandekar, Urologist was invited to talk about Urinary stone and Prostate Problems. We thank him for his contribution and also the President, Shri Chimanbhai Patel


Awareness Talk at Bhavnagar

This programme was organised in association with Indian Medical Association , Bhavnagar branch and Government Medical College on 4th February. Dr. Manish Visnagara ( Urologist) and Dr. Deepak Saboo ( Nephrologist ) were invited to talk about Urinary stone and impact of Diabetes and Hypertension on kidneys respectively.

On this occasion Smt. Nimuben Bambhaniya , Mayor of Bhavnagar was invited as the Chief Guest and Shri C.B. Tripathi, Dean of Government College inaugurated the function. Shri Janardanbhai Bhatt, Chairman of local Advisory Board of India Renal Foundation gave a welcome address.


Awareness Talk at Surat

On the occasion of World Kidney Day, this programme was done in association with Indian Medical Association, Surat branch at Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce on 8th March . Dr. Anil Patel ( Nephrologist ) explained about preventing renal diseases through a very witty and lucid presentation.

Awareness Talk at Rajkot

A public awareness programme was held in association with ‘Bolbala Trust’ on 17th March at Shri Arvindbhai Maniar hall in Rajkot. Eminent doctors from the Rajkot city, Dr. Sanjay Pandya ( Nephrologist ), Dr. Birju Mori (Diabetologist) and Dr. Jayesh Mehta (Urologist ) were invited to talk about Impact of Hypertension , Diabetes and Urinary Stone on kidneys. More than 800 people participated in the program.

We are grateful to all doctors and also, Shri Jayeshbhai Upadhyay ,trustee of Bolbala Trust for their kind support in organising this programme

The positive energy of hundreds of people at the Awareness Talk is energizing and inspiring ! Because , it is not just about kidney disease but it is about creating healthier society.

Be a part of our mission in a dynamic and impactful way!



Dialysis Technician and Nurse Training Program

We, at I RF continuously strive to improve quality of patient care though refresher programmes for Dialysis Technicians and Nurses. One such programme was arranged in Ahmedabad on 24th December, wherein technicians from Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, North Gujarat and Vadodara participated. Crucial aspects of Haemodialysis (HD) like, Water treatment system for HD , Monitoring Blood Pressure during HD and Routine complications of HD were discussed. total I I 5 technicians and nurses participated.

Renowned Nephrologist Dr. Himanshu Patel, Dr. Sonal Dalal and Dr. Javed Vakil were invited as speakers.

This workshop was sponsored by Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd. We are grateful them for their support.

Shri. Chinubhai Shah, Dr. Sonal Dalal,
Dr. Himanshu Patel & Dr. Javed Vakil
Dr. Himanshu Patel Addressing to Dialysis Technicians
Dr. Sonal Dalal Addressing to Dialysis Technicians Volentiur Shri Rupeshbhai Entertaining Technicians


World Kidney Day

As we all know World Kidney Day (WKD )is a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys. This year WKD was celebrated on 9th March, 2017.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a progressive loss in kidney function over a period of months or years. CKD is a noncommunicable disease and it affects I in IO worldwide. While severity can vary, CKD is incurable and causes the patient to need lifelong care. WKD aims at raising awareness about preventive behaviours, risk factors and how to live well with kidney disease. We do this because we want kidney health for all ....

We had organised several programmes like awareness and detection camps at Parimal Garden, Prahladnagar Garden and M.G. Science Institute in Ahmedabad. Kidney walk was held at Bhavnagar, Vadodara and Rajkot in association with other organisations. Informative leaflets were distributed at busy cross roads in Surat and had also placed hoardings to raise awareness at various public places in Vadodara. Awareness was also given through 'Bhavai' in Vadodara at GandhinagarGruh.

In Ahmedabad, primary kidney function tests of almost 200 people were done . Out of 200 people , 20 people were found diabetic and 5 people with high Serum Creatinine level.

Before the 'Kidney Walk' , Dr. Archit Patel and Dr. Manish Dabhi, Nephrologists gave a speech on how obesity causes kidney disease and cadaveric kidney transplantation respectively at Gandhinagar Gruh in Vadodara . The walk was flagged off by Shri Anilbhai Patel, Director of Baroda Institute of Medical Science (BIMS). We thank Sterling Hospital and BIMS for their contribution and support.

Kidney walk at Rajkot was held in association with Shivshakti School. The walk was held from Kishanpara Chowk to Race Course via Ji Ila Panchayat and back to Kishanpara Chowk. All expenses were sponsored by Suraksha Setu Society, Rajkot. We thank trustees of Shivshakti School and Suraksha Setu Society for their support.

In the similar fashion, a walk of 3 km in association with Sneha Foundation and Ashwamegh Trust was organised to raise awareness from Khedutvas to nearby slum area in Bhavnagar. We thank Shri Gurupritsingh, Director of Ashwamegh Trust for their active participation and support.

Public Awareness Programme at Junagadh

A Public Awareness Programme was held at Junagadh for the first time by India Renal Foundation. This programme was held in association with Senior Citizen's Group on 6th August 2017.

Renowned Urologist, Dr. D.P. Chikhaliya and Dr. Shailesh Jadav, lntensivist from Trimurti Multispeciality Hospital, Junagadh were invited as speakers.

More than 700 people participated. The motive was to raise awareness about kidney diseases in the community and encourage a healthier lifestyle. Dr. Chikhaliya made a very interesting presentation about Prostate related problems and their impact on kidneys. He also spoke about 'Importance of Organ Donation'.Dr. Jadav made a very lucid speech about very prevalent diseases, 'Hypertension and Diabetes' and their impact on kidneys.

We thank doctors for their support and also Shri J.B. Mankad, President of Senior Citizens Mand al, for giving us an opportunity of organising this program.

Shri J.B. Makad felicitating Dr. D.P. Chikhaliya Shri J.B. Makad, Dr. D.P. Chikhaliya and Dr. Shailesh Jadav
Press Note Audience

Appreciating our activities, Dr. Chikhaliya said,"I know India Renal Foundation for last one year and they are really doing very noble work.I appreciate their activities of raising awareness, supporting needy kidney patients undergoing dialysis and kidney transplant."

Seminar on 'Deceased Organ Donor Transplantation' at Nadiad

A seminar on 'Deceased Organ Donor Transplantation' was organised by Dr. (Smt.) Sujata Rajapurkar, Medical Social Worker and Transplant Co-ordinator, Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital for the board members, employees and volunteers of I RF on 2nd August, 2017.

All distinguished and learned doctors of the Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital (MPUH) educated us on different topics related to Deceased Organ Donor Transplantation. Dr. A K. Rastogi, MD, Medical Director gave inaugural speech. It was followed by informative presentations on various subjects by eminent doctors as follows:

  • Dr. Sishir Gang (Nephrologist), Chairman, Department of Nephrology explained concept of Brain Death
  • Dr. Hardik Patel (Nephrologist) talked about Transplantation of Human Organ Act 1994 rules and amendments.
  • Dr. Umapati Hegde, Vice Chairman, Department of Nephrology spoke about an Overview of Deceased Donor Transplantation Process
  • Dr.(Smt.) Sujata Rajapurkar, MA, Ph.D. being a Medical Social Worker enlightened us about a very sensitive topic, i.e. 'Grief Counselling'
  • Dr. Arvind Ganpule, Urologist, gave us an overview of technicalities involved in Deceased Donor Transplant Surgery.
  • Ms. Prachi Shah, MSW, Assistant Medical Social Worker and Transplant Co-ordinator educated us the Transplant Co-ordination Process.

Dr.Sishir Gang(Nephrologist)making presentation Shri Chinubhai Shah being welcomed by Dr. A.K. Rastogi and Dr. (Smt.) Sujata Rajapurkar
Shri Maheshbhai Shah proposing vote of thanks


Improving quality of life of Renal Patients......

Dialysis Technicians and Nurses Training and Refresher Programme at Rajkot

Dialysis Technicians and Nurses play a very important and crucial role in treatment of Haemodialysis. They are the direct caregivers for renal patients undergoing dialysis.

India Renal Foundation continuously strives to improve quality of life of Renal Patients. Hence we organize Refresher Workshops for Dialysis Technicians and Nurses at every chapter once in a year. On 19th November one such workshop was held at Rajkot wherein all learned doctors were invited as speakers and all technicians from entire Saurashtraand Kutch region part icipated.

Following topics were covered

  • Dr. Ghanshyam Jagani, Senior Nephrologist, gave overview of the programme
  • Dr. Sanjay Pandya, Nephrologist: Diet and care in haemodialysis
  • Dr. Divyesh Viroja, N ephrologist : Water treatment in haemodialysis
  • Dr. Praful Gajjar, Nephrologist: Complications in haemodialysis and it's management
  • Dr. Mayur Makasana, N ephrologi st : Recent advances in haemodialysis

We are grateful to all respected doctors for their valuable time and guidance and salute them for their dedication and commitment to their profession.

We also thank Shri Vishal Patel of Maruti Agrotech for sponsoring this event.

We at IRF, not only give financial assistance to Renal Failure patients under 'Save a Life' but also work for their rehabilitation under' Prerana'.... and keep in touch with all professionals working in this area to give them better life......

Dr.Ghanshyam Jagani addressing the crowd Participants