The IKA exists to make a difference to the lives of people who are kidney patients and those likely to be affected by kidney disease. We do this in many ways:

Patient Accommodation

By the end of 2022, 699 patients had stayed at IKA accommodation ahead of transplant procedures and hospital visits. Most bookings are for two people - with a partner or carer attending also - so over 1,000 people impacted so far.

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Patient Holidays

IKA provides 5-night stays in our three holiday locations and is a source of respite for those who need it most, when they need it most. 120 patients were allocated a holiday free of charge in 2022. Including family members, closer to 400 people are benefiting from this service.

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Over 2,110 counselling hours provided free of charge in 2022 to patients and their families in all areas of the country. This is an area of increased demand, with referrals almost 40% higher. 2022 also saw the development and launch of our new Peer Support service.

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Dialysis Abroad

164 Haemodialysis patients travelled on a holiday abroad in 2022 to Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Nigeria, USA, India and many other destinations. The IKA arranged dialysis appointments for these patients whilst they were away.

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Patient Support

In 2022, the IKA Patient Support Fund helped 427 people financially - which included some signposted to other organisations capable of providing further financial support. This is an area of increased demand, with referrals up 98% since 2021.

Support Magazine

Support Magazine produced in-house four times per year, with news, recipes, real patient stories and much more. Distributed to over 3000 members and 27 dialysis units each quarter.

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Working with and on behalf of kidney patients to advocate for better services in the healthcare system. For example, in early 2021 the IKA successfully campaigned for kidney and transplant patients to be a priority group in the Covid-19 Vaccine rollout, seeing them moved from group 7 to group 4.

Organ Donor Awareness

The annual Organ Donation Awareness Week reached 1.7m people in 2022 to promote the importance of organ donation in Ireland. The 37th Annual Service of Remembrance was watched on TV by over 41,500 people.

The Irish Kidney Association is grateful for your support

All contributions go directly to helping us provide services to kidney patients and their families around Ireland.


Here at the IKA we're more than happy to assist you with anything you might need. If you've got any questions or concerns then please feel free to use the contact form on the right to send us a message.

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