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U.S. Non-Profit Brings Life-Saving Dialysis Treatment to India
Date:7/9/2008

Bridge of Life - DaVita Medical Missions Reaches Out to Patients in Need of

Care Worldwide

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Bridge of Life - DaVita Medical Missions(TM), a non-profit organization founded by DaVita Inc. that focuses on bringing life-saving dialysis to developing countries, officially opened the doors to its newest dialysis clinic in India in late June. The new clinic is located in the Mishirmal Bafnal Parmarath Hospital and is the first of two clinics that Bridge of Life - DaVita Medical Mission's partner, International Health Benefit Services, plans to open in India this summer with the support of the non-profit. The dialysis clinic will treat kidney patients at a minimal cost, bringing much-needed relief to the region's government hospitals.

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Chronic kidney disease affects 1 million people in India, with an additional 7.5 million people at risk for developing renal failure. Yet lifesaving dialysis treatments are generally unavailable in India. Bridge of Life - DaVita Medical Mission's new clinic will provide these services to local residents.

"Kidney disease is a huge problem in India and this clinic will provide quality dialysis [to masses at large] [to patients], both in terms of adequacy and improved sanitation, including optimal pre-treated water for treatment," said Dr. Manish Chaturvedy. "Along with these health improvements, the new clinic also brings a constant source of inspiration to all of us working together as a team in caring for the patients with renal failure."

In partnership with several health care providers and local physicians, Bridge of Life - DaVita Medical Missions also held a "Renal Awareness Camp" in Jodhpur on April 27 and provided free health care screenings, early detection and education materials
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