at the launch, Dr.Georgi Abraham, Founder trustee, TANKER Foundation said that
one in ten people in the world suffer from some form of kidney disease and many
of them, particularly in India cannot afford the cost of treatment or care. Awareness
and Prevention was of utmost importance. He said with the support from Madras
Medical College and Madras Medical Mission and well wishers, the foundation was
trying to reduce the burden of kidney disease in India. Dr. Abraham read out congratulatory messages
his mentor, physician-scientist from Toronto, Canada who also said that after
screening people, follow up and action were very important to tackle the
Ravi, Advisory member, TANKER Foundation reiterated the importance of awareness
and screening and said that the Van donated by Dr.V.Sumantran and his wife
Dr.Venil Sumantran was a great beginning for the Mobile screening programme and
would be used to create awareness and
conduct screening camps in Chennai and other urban and rural areas in Tamil
Nadu. Dr.Kanagasabai, Dean, Madras Medical College and Govt General Hospital welcomed
the project and promised support and said the govt of Tamilnadu was already
doing a lot of work on the awareness front, but helping hands were always
welcome. Mrs.Latha Kumaraswami, Managing
Trustee, TANKER Foundation thanked the media and all well wishers for their
unstinting support in creating awareness and trying to prevent kidney disease.
registered non-profit charitable trust started in June 1993 with the aim of
helping under-privileged patients with kidney disease, TANKER foundation gives subsidized
dialysis and one time financial help for medication, investigation and transplantation.
TANKER also spreads awareness about kidney disease, conducts screening
camps for early detection and encourages research work into kidney disease.