The Kidney Dialysis Foundation (KDF) is a non-profit charitable organisation, established in February 1996 by Dr Gordon Ku, a kidney specialist. KDF provides subsidised dialysis treatment to needy members of our community so that these patients will not be deprived of treatment due to financial difficulties. It also supports research for a cure for kidney diseases.
Patients needing treatment from KDF are referred by the medical social workers in the restructured hospitals.
A holistic approach is taken when caring for patients as it is KDF's mission to look after the well-being of patients by nurturing hope and confidence to make life more meaningful, even for the most destitute. With the commitment to provide high quality, low cost treatment to patients who are unable to afford treatment KDF has with the support of donors and sponsors, set up a few centres to care for its patients. To date, KDF has served over 832 patients of which 78 have undergone successful kidney transplantations. It is currently serving about 312 patients and annually, at least $8 million is needed for the organisation's operation cost.
NICHE AND FOCUS
Here at KDF, we are very focused and attend only to a niche group of patients, who are from the lowest 10% of the income group and referred by medical social workers from the restructured hospitals. Most of our patients hold jobs such as cleaners, hawker assistants, store assistants and taxi drivers.