SUPPORT LIFE FOR PATIENTS IN NEED OF KIDNEY DIALYSIS MACHINES

SUPPORT LIFE FOR PATIENTS IN NEED OF KIDNEY DIALYSIS MACHINES

450 kidney dialysis patients at the Phrachomklao Hospital in rural Petchaburi Province of Thailand, who are in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) out of a total of 5,577 patients in various stages of kidney disease will receive life-saving support from 2 Hemodialysis machines provided by this Rotary project.

The Kidney Dialysis Center of the Phrachomklao Hospital in Petchaburi Province, Thailand is short of 13 HD machines. The number of patients with acute and chronic kidney disease are increasing dramatically every year in Petchaburi Province. In the waiting list to get treatment, 189 patients are undergoing continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) through peritoneal cavity.  CAPD replaces the work of the diseased kidneys by cleaning the body and controlling the water through the abdominal lining acting as a natural filter to remove waste products from blood.

ROTARY will seek to obtain 2 Hemodialysis machines costing about Baht 450,000 each to alleviate the immediate needs.  The life-span of a machine is expected to be 10 years.  Each patient needs 3 sessions of dialysis per week of 4 hours per session.

The principal causes of structural and functional kidney abnormalities eventually leading to generally progressive End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) within Petchaburi provincial boundaries are due to long-term conditions of 1) hypertension prevalence 2) diabetes prevalence 3) others such as kidney inflammation and multiple cysts in the kidneys.

Rotary also has planned to organise educational campaigns to create awareness of the causes of kidney disease and preventive care.  An appropriate lifestyle is the key to prevention. The Phrachomklao Hospital will set up the kidney disease prevention team including nephrologist, nephrology nurses and assistants, pharmacists and nutritionists to educate patients and communities about kidney disease.