Founded on the auspicious occasion of the first World Kidney Day on March 9, 2006, the Mumbai Kidney Foundation has emerged as a beacon of hope and support for individuals facing the challenges of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and the broader needs of the community. The brainchild of Dr. Umesh Khanna and like-minded individuals driven by a passion for the welfare of society, especially CKD patients, this organization has undertaken a relentless journey to make a difference.
The mission statement of the Mumbai Kidney Foundation captures its purpose and commitment: “Sharing the Burden.”
The Mumbai Kidney Foundation began because Dr. Umesh Khanna and others saw a big problem: kidney issues affecting many people in Mumbai. These problems, like Chronic Kidney Disease, can cause a lot of troubles for patients and their families, not just physically but emotionally and financially too. Right from the beginning, the Foundation’s goal was clear: to help these patients by offering support, spreading awareness, and finding solutions to tackle kidney health issues.
Over the years, the Mumbai Kidney Foundation has conducted numerous initiatives and campaigns, making a significant impact on kidney health and the community at large. Among their notable programs are
1.Ek Chammach Kam Campaign:
This pioneering campaign emphasized the importance of reducing salt, sugar and oil intake to maintain kidney health. The initiative educated people about the harmful effects of excessive salt consumption and encouraged them to reduce their daily intake, helping to prevent CKD.
2. COVID Response Programs: The Foundation demonstrated remarkable agility during the COVID-19 pandemic. It launched two crucial programs, one focused on supporting children affected by the pandemic’s disruptions and the other aimed at helping COVID-19 patients. These programs exemplify the Foundation’s commitment to service in times of crisis.
Inclusivity and Celebration:
Beyond medical support, the Foundation recognizes the emotional and social needs of CKD patients. Picnics and annual days are organized that serve as a platform for CKD patients, including those undergoing dialysis, to come together, share their experiences, and showcase their talents. These events not only offer a sense of community and support but also provide much-needed joy and respite for patients.
Education and Awareness:
One of the core pillars of the Foundation’s work is education. MKF believes that informed communities are better equipped to prevent and manage kidney diseases. Through various awareness campaigns, seminars, and educational materials, MKF disseminate knowledge on kidney health and related issues, empowering people to take control of their well-being .