TANKER Foundation was awarded The Radiant Wellness Ambassador Award for Health during the The Radiant Wellness Conclave 2019 (IV Edition) which was held on 31st August 2019 at Taj Coromandel, Chennai. Mrs Latha Kumaraswami, Managing Trustee of TANKER Foundation and the TANKER Team (Mrs.Rajalakshmi Ravi,Mrs Rohini Menon and Mrs Vasanthi Ravi) received the award on behalf of TANKER from Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Indian Politician and Former Diplomat.Dr.Lakshmi Vijayakumar was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedicated work through SNEHA. This year’s Radiant Wellness Conclave was inaugurated by Mrs.Kanimozhi .Several renowned speakers spoke on varied subjects related to Health and well being.
The speakers were Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Olympian Abhinav Bindra, Journalist Barkha Dutt, Actor Lisa Ray, Film Director Meghna Gulzar, Dr. Anil Lamba, Environmentalist Solar Suresh.TANKER Foundation have completed 26 years of service for the underprivileged with kidney ailments. With your help, we have meaningfully contributed to healthcare, research, training and advocacy connected to kidney disease. From June 1993 till August this year, TANKER has provided 304,226 free and subsidized dialysis for 1482 patients. They also given financial support of Rs. 271 Lakhs to 3191 patients as one-time contributions ranging from Rs. 5,000/- to Rs. 50,000/- for transplantation, medication, investigation and fistula surgery costs.
Their seven subsidized dialysis units have a total of 115 Dialysis Stations situated in Ambattur Rotary Hospital, Chennai, Chokkikulam, Madurai, RVS College of Nursing, Kannampalayam, Coimbatore, Corporation P.H.C, Nungambakkam along with RCME Chennai, in Thiruverkadu with RCMW Chennai, in Vellore with RCVF and in Corporation U. P. H. C, Retteri along with RCCT, Chennai, and in Perungudi with Corporation U.C.H.C. We do 4707 dialyses per month, of which 3724 are free of cost with valuable help from the Chief Ministers Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS), Greater Chennai Corporation and other valuable donors. At present, we help 509 patients in units and also have a dialysis facility at PIMS, Pondicherry.
In November 2009, we started our HIV Dialysis Unit providing dialysis to underprivileged HIV patients. This is the first of its kind in India. TANKER have reached out to more than 1.80 lakh people with the 1205 Awareness Programmes we conducted at schools, colleges, law enforcement offices and public forums. We have also screened 32,796 individuals for early detection of kidney disease through our 379 screening camps. As the field of research in kidney diseases requires more attention and guidance in India, TANKER also gives awards for research in Nephrology and Service to the tune of Rs. 7 lakhs every year.