NKTI Hemodialysis Project among the Top 10 PPP Projects in East Asia, Pacific and South Asia Region

An April 24, 2013, press release from the Department of Health

The National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI), in Manila, Philippines has been recognized by the World Bank Group – International Finance Corporation and the Infrastructure Journal as one of the 40 best public-private partnerships (PPP) in the world. The NKTI was among the Top 10 projects in the East Asia, Pacific and South Asia Region.

Secretary of Health Enrique T. Ona, being the former Executive Director and the “prime mover” of the NKTI Hemodialysis Project, received the award on behalf of NKTI together with Dr. Jose Dante P. Dator, Officer-In-Charge, Executive Director, NKTI and Dr. Romina A. Danguilan, Chairperson, Department of Adult Nephrology.

The Emerging Partnerships Award Ceremony took place at the J Building Auditorium of the World Bank, Washington D.C.  The IFC and Infrastructure Journal aims to distinguish innovative and sustainable PPP projects in emerging markets around the world. The NKTI Hemodialysis Project was chosen for being financially successful, technologically innovative, developmental and a model for similar health projects in the Philippines. Its impact and relevance to the needs of the populace, and the huge number of patients with kidney failure who have benefited from the project made the NKTI Hemodialysis PPP a milestone for the country.

Due to budgetary constraints, PPP has become the primary solution of the NKTI to furnish its newly constructed Hemodialysis Center in 2003.  Being the specialty center for the prevention and treatment of kidney and allied diseases, NKTI pioneered the first Hemodialysis Center under PPP lease arrangement with Fresenius Medical Care Inc. that provided the most technologically advanced equipment providing the highest level of hemodialysis service in the Philippines, as well as in Asia.

Sec. Ona once said, “When a Filipino, whether rich or poor, suffers from kidney disease, one hospital should come in mind, the National Kidney and Transplant Institute.” From humble beginnings, this challenge has achieved its goal through hard work and dedication to the project. The growth and success of the project can be measured by the increasing number of patients it has served and the realization of our former executive director’s dream. “Through this model we are looking at duplicating this in other areas and even doubling our capacity because this is our mandate,” Sec. Ona added.

Presently, NKTI has 43 units of Hemodialysis machines that operate 24 hours/day, Monday to Saturday, to provide efficient services to patients with an average number of 34, 283 per year.  Over time, NKTI has been maximizing all possible opportunities to further improve and extend the services to the increasing demands of patients on hemodialysis treatment. In 2012 the center provided 45,465 treatment sessions from more than 300 regular outpatients operating 24 hours/7days a week. It is with this success of the PPP in health that NKTI entered into its second contract with Fresenius Medical Care.

Dr. Dator, the current Executive Director is now looking at opportunities to replicate this PPP model and apply it not just for expansion and sustaining the success of hemodialysis but for similar health care projects with the aim of enhanced accessibility and affordability for the Filipinos. He is currently working on a radiation oncology project together with a cycloton—PET-CT facility and create a “win-win” situation for both the public and private sector.

The event is expected to provide opportunity for all the participants to share their knowledge and experiences of different concepts and strategies of the government in partnering and empowering the private sector / organizations in the discharge of quality services to the public and in jointly responding to developmental demands.