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Enigmatic Renal Failure in Agricultural Communities – Common Threads and Distinctions in an Atypical Disease

Common Threads and Distinctions in an Atypical Disease

For the past 20 years, a fatal form of chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu) has plagued agricultural workers worldwide, and is now at epidemic levels. Geographical regions extend from Central America to Asia, while occupations range from rice farmers to sugarcane workers and miners. Conditions, however, remain predictably consistent: An overwhelming majority of the affected agricultural workers live in rural communities, are the sole supporters of families and work the only job available in their impoverished country. Healthcare is non-accessible. Renal dialysis is unaffordable. Premature death is certain.

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Bridge of Life Foundation making massive impact on kidney disease in Jamaica

Hundreds of Jamaicans living with kidney disease have benefited from the work of the Bridge of Life Foundation since they began their missions to Jamaica in 2011. The team of doctors consisting of local and overseas-based volunteers is currently performing arteriovenous (AV) fistula surgeries at the St Joseph’s, University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), and St Ann’s Bay hospitals.

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DaVita Village Trust completes record-breaking surgery mission in Jamaica

Here’s a record health care workers everywhere can be proud of. On Monday, DaVita Village Trust, a Denver-based nonprofit dedicated to improving kidney health, primary health and chronic kidney disease awareness, announced the completion of a weeklong surgical mission in Jamaica that included one record-breaking day of surgeries for a local hospital.

Last month, the organization sent four vascular surgeons and an ultrasound technician to Jamaica to perform 63 fistula placement surgeries for dialysis patients at three hospitals. The effort was conducted through DVT’s Bridge of Life program.

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The silent killer: Chronic kidney disease undiagnosed in millions of Americans

Chronic kidney disease can be debilitating with the most advanced form of the disease requiring dialysis to keep patients alive until an organ transplant can occur.

The American Kidney Fund says 31 million Americans have CKD, the eighth-leading cause of death in the United States. However, statistics from the Fund estimate that nine out of 10 people with the disease are undiagnosed.

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DaVita and Bridge of Life Partner to Empower Community Health Workers to Lead Chronic Disease Prevention    

Partnership will help launch program to train local clinicians serving highrisk patients

DENVER, May 16, 2017 – PRNewswire – DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a leading provider of kidney care services in the United States, and Bridge of Life (BOL), a nonprofit organization founded by DaVita Inc., are partnering to train community health workers on blood pressure reduction strategies in rural communities. Launched in April 2017, the program will be implemented over the next 18 months and aims to increase the availability of health care to those who are at risk of hypertension and kidney disease in impoverished areas of Haiti and Nicaragua.

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Bridge Of Life Receives Health Care Product Donations from Henry Schein Cares Global Product Donation Program

Donated Health Care Products Will Help Expand Access to Care for At-Risk Men, Women and Children in the United States and Developing Countries

DENVER, January 19, 2017 – Bridge of Life announced today that it has received a donation of health care products under a grant from the Henry Schein Cares Global Product Donation Program. Through this program, Henry Schein, Inc., the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, provides recipient organizations with several health care product donations valued between $5,000 and $25,000 over the course of two years.

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DaVita Care India and Bridge of Life Partner to Host Free Kidney Disease Screenings in Jodhpur and Phalodi

Kidney care leader partners with global nonprofit to help Indians learn their risk and slow the progression of chronic kidney disease

DENVER (April 22, 2016) – DaVita Care India, a leading provider of kidney care and health care services, and Bridge of Life (BOL), a nonprofit organization founded by DaVita Inc., partnered with HBS Trust to facilitate kidney disease screenings and education events in Phalodi and Jodhpur. Over 650 Indians were screened and educated about chronic kidney disease (CKD).

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DaVita Reports on 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility and Innovation

Vision for Global Citizenship, Commitment to Patient Care, Sustainability and Goodwill Continues to Grow

DENVER (April 18, 2016) – DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA), a leading independent medical group and a leading provider of kidney care services in the United States, today announced the release of its 2015 Community Care report, which highlights key clinical, operational and corporate social responsibility (CSR) achievements in the past year.

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Bridge of Life Launches New Missions in Telehealth, Hand Hygiene and Primary Care

DENVER, May 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA), a leading provider of kidney care and health care services, today announced that Bridge of Life (BOL), the primary program of DaVita Village Trust, completed three new missions to Belize, Haiti and Vietnam to treat patients and assess conditions for future missions.

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DaVita Village Trust Breaks Surgery Record during Recent Mission to Jamaica

Surgeons complete 63 fistula placement surgeries in three hospitals

DENVER (Nov. 19, 2014) – DaVita Village Trust (DVT), an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving kidney health, primary health and chronic kidney disease (CKD) awareness, today announced the completion of a weeklong surgical mission in Jamaica that included one record-breaking day of surgeries for a local hospital.

In October, four vascular surgeons and an ultrasound technician traveled to Jamaica to perform 63 fistula placement surgeries for dialysis patients at three hospitals through the Bridge of Life program of DVT.

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Boost for Mandeville Regional Hospital Renal Unit

A life-saving gift

With a lengthy waiting list and the challenge to treat the approximately 40 kidney patients who now use the facilities on a consistent basis, administrators at the Mandeville Regional Hospital were more than elated to get some support for the Haemodialysis (Renal) Unit.

The hospital has received a donation of 10 dialysis machines, training of technicians, and refresher knowledge for nurses in the unit provided by United States-based non-profit organisation Bridge of Life/Davita Village Trust. 

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DaVita Reports on 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Progress

Commitment to Patient Care, Sustainability and Goodwill Continues to Grow

DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita Inc. DVA +0.53% and a leading provider of kidney care services, today announced the release of its 2013 Community Care report , which highlights progress on key initiatives supporting the company’s vision for corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The report, available at  DaVita.com/CommunityCare , outlines DaVita’s approach for CSR, called the Trilogy of Care: Caring for Our Patients, Caring for Each Other and Caring for Our World. This approach is what drives industry-leading clinical outcomes, multiple goodwill initiatives and a robust environmental commitment. Highlights from the 2013 report include the following.

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World Kidney Day Comes to North Texas

DaVita Village Trust and ASD Healthcare Promote Awareness

March 13 is World Kidney Day – a worldwide day dedicated to raising awareness around kidney disease. DaVita Village Trust, a renowned Colorado based nonprofit who provides kidney care treatment, prevention and awareness of chronic kidney disease, is partnering with ASD Healthcare, one of Collin County’s largest employers, to provide a free chronic kidney disease screening and education event for associates and their families. “DaVita Village Trust and ASD Healthcare are proud to continue our ongoing partnership on World Kidney Day. ASD Healthcare has been a very significant supporter of our efforts in the fight against chronic kidney disease,” said Lori Vaclavik, Executive Director of DaVita Village Trust. Read more »

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