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22/04/2013: PH Hemodialysis Center Recognized among World’s Best PPP Projects

22 April 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—An initiative of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) that made renal care accessible and affordable to ordinary Filipinos has been recognized as one of the best public-private partnerships (PPP) not only in Asia but also in the rest of the world, the Philippine Embassy announced today.

In a statement, the Embassy congratulated Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona for initiating the Hemodialysis Project at the NKTI in Quezon City that was included by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank and Infrastructure Journal in their list of top 40 public-private partnerships in the world and the top 10 in East Asia, the Pacific and South Asia.

“The Philippine Embassy extends its congratulations to Secretary Ona and the men and women of the NKTI for being among the recipients of the Emerging Partnership Award that recognized innovative and sustainable PPP projects in emerging markets around the world,” Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. said. “The NKTI’s Hemodialysis Project is another example of a creative approach to our government’s continuing efforts to bring its services closer to the people.”

Citing statistics from the Department of Health, the Embassy said end stage renal disease is the 10th leading cause of death in the Philippines today, with an estimated incidence of 120 for every one million population. However, only about 10,000 new patients start dialysis each year.

“According to the Department of Health, many Filipinos are unable to start dialysis treatment and probably just die. In fact, one Filipino dies from renal failure every hour,” Ambassador Cuisia said. “The NKTI’s Hemodialysis Project is helping change that by making it possible for many Filipinos with end stage renal disease to avail themselves of dialysis treatment and increase the chances of prolonging their lives.”

The recognition was received by Secretary Ona, who initiated the project during his term as Executive Director of the NKTI, in ceremonies at the World Bank on Thursday. Secretary Ona was accompanied by Dr. Jose Dante P. Dator, NKTI Executive Director and Dr. Romina A. Danguilan, Chairperson of NKTI’s Department of Adult Nephrology.

In including the NKTI Hemodialysis Project among the world’s best PPPs, the IFC and Infrastructure Journal said Secretary Ona’s initiative deserves to be recognized because of its impact and relevance to the needs of the populace and the number of people who benefited from it. The award organizers said the project was not only financially and technologically innovative and developmental but could also be replicated in other parts of the country.

It was during Secretary Ona’s term as Executive Director that the NKTI entered into PPP arrangements with Fresenius Medical Care Inc. after it won the public bidding for the project to allow it to offer an affordable and accessible alternative for the growing number of renal patients in the Philippines.

Under the arrangements, Fresenius equipped the NKTI’s Hemodialysis Center with 43 machines at no cost to the government. The arrangements allow the NKTI to provide the highest level of hemodialysis service on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week at rates that are more affordable to the public, according to NKTI Executive Director Dator.

Since it opened in 2003, the NKTI Hemodialysis Center has served an average of 300 outpatients at any given time and an average of 34,000 dialysis sessions annually. “The NKTI has been maximizing all possible opportunities to further improve and extend the services to meet the increasing demands of hemodialysis treatment in the country,” Executive Director Dator said.

According to Executive Director Dator, the leading causes of kidney failure are diabetes mellitus, hypertension and inflammation of the kidneys. Once a patient develops end stage renal disease, he needs to start treatment with dialysis to replace kidney function.

“Dialysis is a lifelong treatment where poisons and excess fluid is removed from the patient's blood. It costs about P4000 per treatment,” he said.

Dr. Danguilan, head of NKTI’s Department of Adult Nephrology, said Philhealth covers 45 treatments per year. With hemodialysis being done three times a week, this would cover three months of this life-saving treatment. For the rest of the year, patients would have to pay for their own treatment, she said.

Dr. Danguilan said Philhealth has recently implemented a "catastrophic" benefit package for its members for kidney transplantation. With a benefit of P600,000 for low risk kidney transplants, the benefit covers pre-transplant evaluation for both the recipient and donor, the transplant operation, removal of the donor kidney and post-transplant laboratories for a month for the recipient and for one year for the donor, she added. ###

22 April 2013

TOP PPP. The Hemodialysis Center of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) earned for the Philippines a slot in the list of the world's top Public-Private Partnership Projects of the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank and Infrastructure Magazine. Photo shows Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona with NKTI Executive Director Jose Dante Dator and Department Chairperson Romina Danguilan and Fresenius Representative Dr. Eduardo Lacson Jr. at the recognition ceremonies of the Emerging Partnership Award ceremonies at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. (Philippine Embassy Photo by Elmer G. Cato)