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About Us

Spreading awareness about Organ Donation
And
Prevention & Control of Kidney Diseases

About Us

Background

Occurrence of Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity, Cardiac Disorders are on the rise. All these conditions can lead to Kidney Disease 

The issue with Kidney disease is that its progression is silent and we do not realise the presence of the same till a late stage. The earlier it is detected the easier it is to slow down the progression of the disease. One can postpone dialysis stage by several years if it is detected early.

Hence it is critical that we keep a track of our vital parameters like Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar etc at regular intervals. All parameters would need examination by a qualified doctor for investigation and subsequent treatment. In other words one should “Know your Numbers”

If not controlled, the kidney disease can progress rapidly and result in irreversible damage. Once the damage reaches an advanced stage, it requires either of two modes of treatment namely Dialysis or Transplant 

Like Kidney disease, Hypertension and Diabetes does unrecognized for several years before manifesting. Those with uncontrolled hypertension and diabetes can progress to advanced stage thus at a high risk of end stage kidney disease 

Transplant is the better option, as it gives far superior quality and longevity of life. However there is a bottleneck here in availability of transplantable organs

Our Story

A few like minded Nephrologists discussed this and identified the need to

     1.Create Awareness about early detection of kidney disease so that dialysis can prevented

     2.Create Awareness about Organ Donation and motivate people to pledge/donate organs to bridge the gap between requirement and availability of organs

This Amar Gandhi Foundation was formed with the above Twin Objectives Activities part can remain unchanged. No modifications required here in my opinion For Trustees and other Office Bearers, it might be a good idea to get short profiles of all.

Areas where AGF is working now:

For the common man

    • 1. Conducting health check up camps
    • 2. Distribution of educational material
    • 3. Conducting lectures and discussions
  • 4. Identifying high risk individuals such as hypertensive’s, diabetics, and patients suffering from chronic kidney diseases and counselling them about regular kidney checkups.
  • 5. Educating general practitioners regarding early detection and treatment of CKD patients through regular updates and CMEs.
  • 6. Spreading awareness of organ donation.

For the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients

  • 1. Help patients understand about prevention of Kidney disease and treatment of CKD.
  • 2. Creating a support group of CKD patients by organising regular meetings, get together and functions to help them to meet similar patients and discuss common problems.
  • 3. Providing subsidy in investigations and consultations with Nephrologists and other allied branches.
  • 4. Providing services of medical counsellor, psychologist and dietician at our centres.

Lobbying with the government

  • 1. Along with likeminded foundations such as Mumbai Kidney Foundation, Sapiens Health Foundation, Indian Medical Association, Narmada
    Kidney Foundation and other NGOs to actively make representations to government
    regarding important CKD related health issues.
  • 2. Offering handicap status to dialysis patients, helping them with travel, jobs and subsidies.
  • 3. Procuring subsidy and excise duty cuts in dialysis equipments, CAPD (chronic ambulatory peritoneal dialysis) material and drugs.
  • 4. Promoting a rational transplant programme.

Lobbying with Industry to reduce Salt in Food Products

  1. 1. Conveyance the government to give tax rebates to makers of low salt and low calories snacks.

Our Trustees

The visionary and long time supporters of the organization.

Managing Committee

Dr. Alan Almeida

President

Dr. Hemal Shah

Secretary

Dr. Umesh Khanna

Secretary

Dr. Arun Shah

Treasurer

Dr. Bhavesh Vora

Treasurer