DKF was started as a charitable organization by a group of Doctors in 2008. Our primary aim was to improve awareness within patients suffering from Kidney diseases about dialysis support and laws,ethics and the basic science of renal transplantation.
The ambit of our work also included organizing training programs and relevant educational initiatives amongst health care professionals involved in providing haemodialysis.To this effect, our organization had continued to organize a series of workshops and CME (Continuing Medical Education)programs for dialysis technicians, nurses and junior doctors.
The Achille's heel of Haemodialysis is Vascular Access. DKF has organized several hands-on workshops for surgical trainees on Vascular Surgery with special emphasis on Vascular Access.
DKF became a Registered Charitable Trust from 2014 and several other professionals including Lawyers, Academicians and Accountants joined the organization. During our Rural Outreach Programs, we discovered there was a huge incidence and prevalence of chronic kidney diseases mainly from Diabetes, Hypertension and inadequately treated Urinary Tract Infections. We also found the rural population still depends on informal health care providers who are unregistered "medical practitioners"; hence we initiated a series of educational initiatives in a section of a district in West Bengal comprising of 30 villages.
DKF also had a keen lateral interest in Medical Laws and Healthcare Policymaking. To this effect, our members have organized and participated in several initiatives related to medicolegal issues in general and laws and ethics of tranplantation in particular. In association with a premier National Law University - a national symposium on "Law in Medicine" was organized in 2015 and subsequently as a joint initiative a Post-graduate Diploma on Public healthcare and medical laws, was launched.
DKF continues to pursue research and academic activities in relation to Haemodialysis for Kidney Failure patients and in the areas of Medical Laws and Ethics.
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