DECEMBER 2015

Thank you to all of the donors and volunteers who improved healthcare
across the globe in 2015!
Total Impact in 2015

 

16,969 people served in 15 countries with the support of 306 teammate volunteers!

 

Together, we ...

  • Completed 32 international medical missions
  • Hosted 28 domestic CKD screenings and
  • Assisted 21 camp sessions for kids with chronic illnesses
DaVita India Teammates Provide Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Screenings in Nepal
Bridge of Life Completes First CKD Screening for Nepalese

Six DaVita India teammate volunteers screened 2,282 children and adults while also providing preventative education on CKD in Nepal in early December with Bridge of Life (BOL).

 

BOL served five communities around Kathmandu, presented to Kist Medical College, visited both the Prime Minister and the President, and held a press conference with local news outlets.


Stanley Thomson, a dialysis nurse and DaVita India teammate, said, "Just to be a part of a team working for such a noble cause (screening the poor people of Nepal who have no access to basic health) gives me a lot of satisfaction. I will go back to India knowing that I have played a small but vital role in helping the people understand their health status and the importance of keeping their vital parameters in control...Thank you DaVita and Bridge of Life."

DaVita Teammates Rally to Support India
DaVita HealthCare Partners teammates contributed over $30,000 in funds to support relief efforts for those affected by disastrous flooding in Chennai, India, including a matching donation of $5,000 from Dr. Dinesh Kumar, Sr. Vice President HCP, and his wife Kamakshi. This campaign generated an incredible response from teammates around the Village. One for All!

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Bridge of Life Completes a Fourth AV Fistula Surgical Mission in Jamaica
Volunteer surgeons, led by Dr. William Jennings,  completed 76 AV fistula surgeries  for patients at several different hospital locations.  This program has increased the AV fistulas rate in Jamaica from 52% to 85% (the United States rate is 62%) over the past four years.

Veronica Thompson, a 49-year-old dialysis patient at the University of the West Indies for the past eight years, said, "Now I don't have to just put my feet in the ocean...I can run through the sand and jump all the way in!"
Upcoming Missions and Screenings

Medical Missions
CKD Screenings
Primary Care
Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic
January 2 - 10, 2016
(Volunteer positions closed)

NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo
Washington, DC
January 9 -19, 2016
Primary Care
Mao, Dominican Republic
March 5 - 13, 2016
(Open positions limited to providers)

Healthcare & Wellness Fair
Millbrae, CA
January 23, 2016
Primary Care
Haiti
Dates are TBD
Joint screening with primary care mission
Haiti
Dates are TBD

Volunteers Assist Guatemalan Kidney Donors
Four DaVita HealthCare Partners teammate volunteers traveled to Guatemala City, Guatemala with Bridge of Life (BOL) in early December and treated 41 kidney donors who previously donated a kidney to a child, providing consultations with physicians, dietitians and social workers in conjunction with BOL's in-country partner, Fundanier.

This program provides a continuity of care to patients by returning annually to Guatemala City to offer primary care services and health education to kidney donors. In doing so, BOL has helped to strengthen a support network among the donors with shared experiences of what it's like to donate a kidney.

"My experience in Guatemala as a volunteer with Bridge of Life is one that I will never forget," said Meredith Larsen, Dietitian, DaVita Kidney Care. "The people in Guatemala are so appreciative and kind -- they stole my heart...I was struck by how deeply they care for their children; everything they do is with them in mind...I feel that our team really came together and had some great ideas for how to continue to improve this mission."
Make a Year-End Gift with a Car Donation
End the year with a bang by donating your vehicle and receive a 2015 tax deduction!

BOL can accept vehicle donations through the CARS program. Your contribution will improve healthcare and save lives across the globe. Click here for more information.
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