Women Need Equal Access to Healthcare: DaVita Chief Medical Officer

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 General News
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BENGALURU, March 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affects approximately 195 million women worldwide and is currently the 8th leading

cause of death in women, leading to 600,000 female deaths each year. Women are more often affected by certain types of kidney diseases such as lupus nephritis (a kidney disease caused by an autoimmune disease) and pyelonephritis (kidney infection). Kidney
disease is also linked to complications with pregnancy: women who have CKD are at increased risk for negative outcomes in pregnancy, both for the mother and the baby; in turn, pregnancy-related complications can increase the risk of kidney disease[1]. This brings to the fore the need to ramp up efforts to increase awareness about CKD amongst women.

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Dr. Suresh Sankar, Chief Medical Officer, DaVita Care (India) Pvt. Ltd., on the occasion of World Kidney Day and International Women's Day, which coincide in 2018, said, "It is possible that kidney disease is marginally lesser in women in India because major risk factors for kidney disease such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and smoking behavior are reported to be lesser in women. However, we observe significantly fewer women patients on dialysis for CKD in India; the Indian CKD Registry[2] reports only about 30 percent of CKD patients consulting a nephrologist as women. In addition, women are more likely to be donors than recipients of kidney transplants, which perhaps highlights a gender disparity in access to healthcare."

Mr. Aditya Singh, MD, DaVita Care (India) Pvt. Ltd., said, "DaVita in India is committed to increasing awareness about CKD via no-cost kidney education classes and kidney screenings, which are easily accessible to women. Our website provides plenty of resources on kidney education including over 70 kidney-friendly recipes. This year's World Kidney Day theme is Kidneys and Women's Health. As we celebrate World Kidney Day and International Women's Day in DaVita via online campaigns and other activities, we hope to initiate inclusive conversations on women's health and encourage them to take charge of their well-being."

About DaVita Care (India) Private Limited   

DaVita Care (India) Private Limited is a part of DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500Ū company, and a leading provider of kidney care in India, delivering dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end-stage renal disease. Earlier a partnership between DaVita Inc. and NephroLife Care (India) Pvt. Ltd., DaVita in India today offers India's first-of-its-kind renal disease management center bringing together expertise in nephrology, dialysis, urology, vascular surgery, general medicine, diet, lifestyle management and diagnostics. As of February 2018, DaVita Care (India) Private Limited serves over 1,775 dialysis patients across 24 centers in 13 cities. For more information, please visit DaVita.in/about-davita.php.

About DaVita Inc. and DaVita Kidney Care  

DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500Ū company, through its operating divisions, provides a variety of healthcare services to patient populations throughout the United States and abroad and is the parent company of DaVita Kidney Care. A leading provider of dialysis services in the United States, DaVita Kidney Care treats patients with chronic kidney failure and end-stage renal disease. DaVita Kidney Care strives to improve patients' quality of life by innovating clinical care, and by offering integrated treatment plans, personalized care teams, and convenient health-management services. As of December 31, 2017, DaVita Kidney Care operated or provided administrative services at 2,510 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 198,000 patients. The company also operated 237 outpatient dialysis centers located in 11 countries outside the United States. DaVita Kidney Care supports numerous programs dedicated to creating positive, sustainable change in communities around the world. The company's leadership development initiatives and social responsibility efforts have been recognized by Fortune, Modern Healthcare, Newsweek, and WorldBlu. For more information, please visit DaVita.com/About.

[1] As per information published by World Kidney Day (http://www.worldkidneyday.org), a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF)

[2] The Indian CKD Registry is a voluntary reporting body of CKD patient data, capturing a small proportion of CKD reaching nephrologists in India

Media Contact : Debayani Bose debayani.bose@davita.com +91-8197594380 DaVita Care (India) Pvt. Ltd.

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