Tamilnad Kidney Research Foundation (TANKER)
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
SummaryThe Tamilnad Kidney Research Foundation (TANKER) is a non-profit charitable trust, founded on 1993. TANKER has been set up primarily with the aim of providing financial assistance for underprivileged patients for dialysis, transplantation, investigation and medication costs.
Key program components
TANKER Foundation had small beginnings and initially only financial support was offered for poor patients. Gradually as contributions started coming in, TANKER started its subsidized dialysis facilities. Today, it has two dialysis units in Chennai and one in Madurai.
TANKER endeavors to make dialysis affordable for those patients who otherwise cannot afford it. Under its Sponsor a Dialysis scheme from March 2001 to March 2009, 13,037 free dialysis treatments were given. At present, 30% of dialysis in all 3 units is being given free of cost. It is performing 300 free dialysis every month serving approximately 200 patients per year. As of March 2009, 55,278 dialysis have been done for 543 patients.
Evidence of a patient's poverty level is obtained in the form of a ration card and income certificates. The Foundation also aims to encourage organ donation at time of death, so that cadaver transplantation can benefit needy patients.