The International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF) & Tamilnad Kidney Research Foundation (TANKER) Chennai,Tamilnadu, India inaugurated the 18th IFKF CONFERENCE 2018 being held on Dec 10th to Dec 12th 2018 at Hotel Savera, Chennai, India.The Chief Guest was Dr.J.Radhakrishnan, Principal Secretary,Health and Family Welfare.
Dr.Georgi Abraham,Founder Trustee, TANKER foundation gave the welcome address.He said that this conference was a landmark one for Chennai and India.The President of IFKF Dr.Gamal Saadi said that the IFKF was an association of foundations from all over the world.Its main aim was to create more awareness and prevention of kidney disease and help foundations become more active. IFKF also was in collaboration with the International Society of Nephrology for the World Kidney Day programme.Mrs.Latha Kumaraswami ,Managing Trustee of TANKER Foundation and Council Member of the IFKF and World Kidney Day Steering Committee gave an update about TANKER.From small beginnings 25 year ago TANKER now has 7 dialysis units with 87 machines and do 3615 dialysis a month of which 3248 are free with valuable help from the CMCHIS,Greater Chennai Corporation and Rotary Clubs,Corporates and other enablers.TANKER has reached out to over 1.62 lakh people with kidney disease awareness programmes and screened 30000 people for early detection of the disease.
Dr,J.Radhakrishnan delivered the key note address applauding the work that TANKER does and said that awareness of kidney disease and early screening was most important and that it was necessary to make lifestyle changes through eating the right food,exercising and taking regular breaks from the stress of everyday work and living.
The Tamilnad Kidney Research Foundation (TANKER) which has completed 25 years of Service, was founded on 30th June 1993 and was pioneered by Dr. Georgi Abraham along with a group of like-minded individuals who have taken every effort to live up to the Vision of Helping Needy Patients financially, Spreading Awareness, Conducting Screening Camps and Providing Subsidized & Free Dialysis.
The International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF) was formed to foster international collaboration and the exchange of ideas to improve the health, well-being and quality of life for individuals with Kidney Disease thereby leading the way for the prevention and treatment of Kidney Disease through its presence in all the Continents around the World.