Survival of dialysis patients in Ukraine
For more than a decade, kidney disease doctors have sounded the alarm bells. The cost of dialysis and the lack of equipment were starting to get worrying. However, for 10 years, nothing has been done in this direction. Only mercantile minds have sensed the possibility of making easy money by setting up private dialysis centers inaccessible to the majority. At the same time, the legislation on organ donation has not changed at all. Only a few dozen operations take place each year when it would take several thousand. This scarcity and the country's poverty led to another lucrative activity: organ trafficking. A dozen practitioners have been arrested and are currently behind bars. Since 2005, AICM has made it possible, with the collaboration of the company FRESENIUS / GAMBRO, to recover around a hundred dialysis machines and 8 filtration systems. At the same time, the Ministry of Health bought about 30 exotic dialysis machines which broke down within a few months. AICM thus participated in the restoration of 5 dialysis centers which each receive around 200 patients per week. There are around 30,000 kidney patients in the country which is a very high rate but this is explained by the quality of life and the lack of medical follow-up, especially for diabetics. In 2011, AICM plans to set up a new dialysis center in Odessa before the end of the year.