The NEW DaVita Village Trust is Here!

DaVita Village Trust (DVT) is a new organization that brings together two prominent, kidney care non-profit organizations, Bridge of Life and The Kidney TRUST. 


The combined efforts of our programs allow DVT to provide a full range of kidney care services including international medical missions that deliver dialysis treatment to patients who would otherwise not receive care and free-rapid screening programs to identify those who have signs of kidney impairment within the U.S. and abroad. 


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Today is World Kidney Day!

Today is World Kidney Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide. You can learn more about this worldwide event by visiting

Chronic Kidney Disease Screening
at ASD Healthcare

In celebration of World Kidney Day, DaVita Village Trust is partnering with ASD Healthcare in Frisco, TX to provide a free chronic kidney disease (CKD) screening and education event today for associates and their families. 


"Kidney disease kills more people annually than prostate and breast cancer combined. It is a silent disease, but once it's detected it can be prevented and, in some cases, reversed. That's why it's so important to get screened," said William Venus, Vice President at ASD Healthcare.  "ASD Healthcare is proud to support screening events like this because they raise awareness to our associates, friends and families that could save the life of a loved one." 


We plan to provide between 300 and 400 CKD screenings through The Kidney TRUST program. Check out photos from today's event on The Kidney TRUST's Facebook page.

Upcoming Medical Missions and Screenings
This year, the Bridge of Life program plans to complete 18 medical missions around the world. Here are the first four missions to take place this year:
  • Jamaica - Upgrade an existing hospital with 10 dialysis machines in Mandeville
  • Kenya Volunteers will work at a new dialysis clinic to set up a six-station facility in Nakuru
  • Nigeria - Set up an eight-station dialysis clinic in Maiduguri
  • India - Work with an existing clinic to add six dialysis machines in Nagercoil
We are still accepting applications for the Jamaica Medical Mission. Submit your online volunteer application here

Continue making a difference for the Bridge of Life program by making a donation today! 

The Kidney TRUST program aims to provide CKD screenings to more than 12,000 people in 2014. Here are the next upcoming screening events, including the first international screening event:
  • Mar 14-16: Grand Rapids, MI  

West Michigan Women's Expo

DeVos Place, Michigan St.

Friday and Saturday, 10am-8pm;

Sunday, 11am-5pm

  • Mar 17: Charlestown, Nevis 

Caribbean Health & Education Fair 

St. Paul's Anglican Hall,


  • Mar 20: Basseterre, St. Kitts 

Caribbean Health & Education Fair

Basseterre Community Center, 


  • Apr 26: San Diego, CA 

MANA de San Diego
Family Health Fair

Sweetwater Union High School, 


  • Apr 26: Cincinnati, OH 

Closing the Health Gap

Washington Park, 1230 Elm St,



Help support The Kidney TRUST program through a contribution!

Because of YOU!
The Difference You Make
Thank you from Jamaica

DVT recently learned that our partner in Jamaica, University Hospital of the West Indies, was at risk of losing funding for dialysis supplies. 
We sprang into action to find ways to provide the needed supplies. Medivators, a subsidiary of MarCor, donated 40 cases each of bicarb and acid for dialysis. And DaVita World Headquarters held a fundraiser whose proceeds will go towards the remaining supplies needed. 
Pictured above are two of the children at the dialysis clinic who can now receive treatment thanks to the donations.
Winter Texas Expo


From January 21-22, as part of The Kidney TRUST program, DVT participated in the Winter Texas expo in McAllen, TX, for senior citizens with little or no healthcare. While there, DVT provided free CKD screenings for 381 people. Of those, 87 people were found to have stage 3 or higher chronic kidney disease and they were referred to a local clinic in McAllen. Each participant also received materials on ways to better protect their kidneys, promoting good kidney health.

Many of the participants have come to depend on this program being at the expo as many do not have insurance and this is their only resource for kidney care.


Dialysis Machines Arrive in Syria

Kidney disease is escalating in Syria mainly due to the loss of a healthcare infrastructure and patients unable to receive the necessary medications to treat diabetes, cardiovascular illnesses and hypertension.  
In December, Bridge of Life partnered with the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) to upgrade an existing dialysis clinic in Bab al-Hawa, a crossing point near the boarder of Turkey. Bridge of Life worked with SAMS to deliver 10 dialysis machines along with all of the critical supplies, helping to replace the worn out and overused equipment.
Check out the video of the machines arriving at our partner clinic in Syria.
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