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 volunteers overseas.
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.”