Global Assistance For Healthy Kidneys Initiative
At the Global Assistance for the Healthy Kidneys Initiative (GAHKI), we believe that every kidney disease is not a death sentence. As, every patient regardless of color, age or social class has the right to not just live but enjoy a long and healthy life. Our Vision is to see kidney patients around the world live the healthiest life possible. We make it Our Mission to achieve our Vision above, we are committed to reducing the mortality rate of Kidney Patients in Africa by providing hope, quality service and financial support for treatment, so they can rebuild their lives and live the best life possible.
We are also committed to making treatment available and affordable to financially disadvantaged kidney patients even in the remote parts of Nigeria.
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Founded to help address the underlying challenges kidney patients face globally.
Chronic Kidney Disease affects 10% of the population worldwide and more than 80% of all patients who receive treatment for kidney failure are in affluent counties with access to quality health care leaving millions to die each year because of the physical and financial constraints of getting the affordable treatment necessary.
Financially disadvantaged Kidney patients either have to deal with catastrophic medical bills or do not have access to adequate facilities and treatments needed for their condition leaving them at the risk of death
Global Assistance for Healthy Kidney Initiative (GHAKI) was thus founded to help address the underlying challenges kidney patients face through organizing programs that will aid prevention, early detection, advocacy and also provide financial support for treatment so patients regardless of their age, social class or location, can live their best life possible despite their condition.
Frequently asked questions...
What do We do?
Global Assistance for Healthy Kidneys Initiative (GAHKI) is one of the frontline, Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) which raise funds from its programs and activities and channel such funds to subsidize the cost of dialysis borne by patients.
What is Kidney Disease?
Kidney disease can affect your body’s ability to clean your blood, filter extra water out of your blood, and help control your blood pressure. You’re born with two kidneys. They’re on either side of your spine, just above your waist. When your kidneys are damaged, waste products and fluid can build up in your body.
What are the Symptoms of Kidney Disease?
You might not notice any problems if you have chronic kidney disease that’s in the early stages. Most people don’t have symptoms at that point. That’s dangerous, because the damage can happen without you realizing it. Some things that may indicate a problem are; Nausea, Vomiting, Loss of appetite, Fatigue and weakness, Sleep problems, Changes in how much you urinate, Decreased mental sharpness, Muscle twitches and cramps, Swelling of feet and ankles, Persistent itching, Chest pain, Shortness of breath, High blood pressure (hypertension) that's difficult to control.
How long can one live with Chronic Kidney Disease?
Many people think that if their kidneys fail, they will die. Right away. This used to be true—50 years ago. Back then, there were not enough dialysis machines to go around and medical knowledge about kidney disease was limited. It is no longer true today. How long you can live with CKD depends on many factors.
What is the quality of life with CKD?
How good one life can be with CKD depends on YOU! In the early stages, CKD may have symptoms that are so subtle you may not even notice them. In later stages, fatigue, itching, loss of appetite, and other symptoms can reduce your quality of life—if you don’t act.
Can one have a good life if Dialysis is needed?
Yes, you can live long and live well with dialysis. Many people—even those with loved ones on dialysis—don’t know that there are many types of dialysis. You can choose a treatment that lets you keep doing all or most of the things you value.