Brief History of Julie Donli Kidney Foundation (JKDF)
Julie Donli Kidney Foundation was registered on the 22nd day of December 2014.
The Idea was conceived by Barrister Julie Eniekedou Donli, a lawyer and a chartered secretary whose experience spurred her into the dream of a kidney foundation.
In 1981, her mother Mrs. Helen Okah of blessed memory was diagnosed with acute renal failure, she happened to be the first dialysis patient in the Lagos University Teaching Hospital Idi Araba Lagos.
In 1982, Mrs. Helen Okah went to Jaslok Hospital Mumbai for a transplant.
The kidney was donated by her brother who was only 20years old at the time and a perfect match. Unfortunately her body rejected the kidney and she had to resume dialysis once again.
She struggled with the disease undergoing long hours of dialysis until she finally gave up the fight on the 15th day of February, 1984 a day after Saint Valentine’s Day.
Julie Donli was only 18years old and so traumatized to see her mother suffer for three long years till she gave up the fight at a very young age of 43years.
That experience, inspired her to set up the Julie Donli Kidney Foundation over 30 years after, when she realised that the disease had assumed an epidemic proportion in Nigeria.
Aims and Objectives of Julie Donli Kidney Foundation (JDKF)
- To help patients get aid for kidney disease treatment in a timely and affordable manner.
- To create a database to make ease for matching kidney between patients and donors.
- To assist and encourage patients of kidney ailments through dialysis treatment and Transplant specifically in Nigeria.
- Creating Awareness by rendering key information on best ways to keep kidneys strong and functional by way of Print and Media publicity, therefore reducing the number of new patients with ESKD by 50% in the next 10 years
- To Encourage preventive nephrology programmes at primary Secondary and Tertiary levels.