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Kidney Live Donor Support Fund

One of the NKF’s missions has always been to promote kidney transplant and support the legislation and awareness of kidney donation since the early 1970s. Continuing with its efforts to encourage kidney donation, the NKF’s “Kidney Live Donor Support Fund” is another initiative to promote renal transplantation as this offers best long-term survival and quality of life.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the "NKF Kidney Live Donor Support Fund"?

It is a $10 million fund set up to encourage more live donors to give kidneys to their loved ones through the provision of financial assistance for low-income patients. The implementation of the fund took effect on 1 November 2009 in conjunction with the amendment to the Human Organ Transplant Act (HOTA).

2. Who is eligible to apply for the Kidney Live Donor Support Fund?

Only Singaporean Citizens and Permanent Residents referred by public health institutions will be eligible to apply for this Fund and must meet the NKF means test criteria. To encourage live kidney transplant, only the recipient is required to pass the NKF means test criteria.

3. What does the fund cover?

The funding covers the following:

  • Pre-transplant screening and evaluation costs for up to two potential donors per kidney recipient
  • Cost of annual health screening and medical follow-ups as directed by Restructured
    Hospital Physicians.
  • One-time reimbursement for loss of two months actual income or $8,500, whichever is lower
  • Reimbursement of Hospitalisation & Surgical insurance premiums (Capped at MediShield
    Life Reimbursement).
  • Insurance coverage for Group Living Policy based on sum insured of $200,000
4. What does the "Group Living Policy" cover?

1. Heart Attack
2. Cancer
3. Multiple Sclerosis
4. Blindness
5. Paralysis
6. Fulminant Hepatitis
7. Stroke
8. Kidney Failure
9. Major Organ Transplant
10. Coronary Artery Disease
11. Alzheimer Disease
12. Aorta Surgery
13. Coma
14. Deafness
15. Heart Valve Surgery

16. Loss of Speech
17. Major Burns
18. Terminal Illness
19. Aplastic Anaemia
20. Primary Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
21. Chronic Lung Disease
22. Chronic Liver Disease
23. Motor Neurone Disease
24. Muscular Dystrophy
25. Parkinson’s Disease
26. Angioplasty
27. Bacterial Meningitis
28. Benign Brain Tumour
29. Encephalitis
30. AIDS due to Blood Transfusion

5. How soon will the "Group Living Policy" take effect?
It will take effect 12 weeks after the date of the kidney transplant operation, subject to approval by the Insurer.
6. Do the kidney donors have to pay for the "Group Living Policy"?
The “Group Living Policy” for the kidney donors will be fully subsidised by NKF.
7. How many years will the live donor be covered for under the “Group Living Policy”?
The insurance plan will cover the donor until the maximum age of 69 at the last birthday. For instance, if the donor is 50 at the time of the transplant, he or she will be covered for 19 years (age of 69 as per the age limit of the Group Living Policy).
8. Who will cover the donor if the transplant operation fails?
Every donor is strongly encouraged to obtain a MediShield coverage before they go for the surgery so that all hospitalisation and surgical costs will be covered by MediShield. NKF will reimburse their premiums should they passed the means test criteria.
9. If this $10 million fund is depleted, will it be topped up?
The initial funding of $10 million comes from NKF’s existing surplus fund, if the fund is depleted, NKF will raise additional funds for this Programme.

Click Below to Download the Application Form:

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General Enquiries

As there are limited car park lots available at NKF Centre visitors may need to park at the nearby HDB car parks in the vicinity.

NKF HQ Mondays –Thursdays
PH / Weekends
8.30am –6.00pm
8.30am –5.00pm
Dialysis Centres Mondays –Saturdays
7.00am –11.00pm
7.00am –11.00pm

We are open on most public holidays except for the 1st day of Chinese New Year.

NKF does not provide ad hoc dialysis treatment. Our patients are on long-term dialysis treatment. You may wish to check with private dialysis centres for ad hoc dialysis treatments.

NKF does not have an outpatient clinic and hence, we are unable to arrange an appointment for members of the public. You may wish to contact a hospital of your choice for outpatient service.

Currently, NKF does not provide health report interpretation service. You may consult your General Practitioner who will be able to assist you.

Someone with kidney failure may not experience any signs and symptoms until it is too late. It is best to do a routine health screening to understand your health status better and detect any abnormalities as early as possible so that you can delay and manage the disease progression.

To know about the signs and symptoms please click here to learn more.

Decreased urination Swollen hands and ankles Sleep disturbances
Blood in the urine (tea-coloured or fresh blood) Puffiness around the eyes High blood pressure
Nausea and vomiting Itching Loss of appetite

All dialysis centres operate on 3 dialysis shifts –morning, noon and evening.

Morning Noon Evening
7.00am –12.00pm 12.00pm – 6.00pm 6.00pm –11.00pm
Timing of your dialysis schedule may vary for each dialysis centres.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday (1,3,5) OR Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (2,4,6)


Our Admissions Counsellor will contact you once your application is finalised. They will be in contact with you soon.

From the day we receive the application form, it will take approximately 3 working days to a week for us to get back to you if you have submitted all completed supporting documents together with your application form to us. Generally, the whole process will take 6 months for the approval.

The overall application review process will take approximately 6 months before the applicant can start the first dialysis treatment. However, if the applicant is able to provide all completed supporting documents and if there is a slot available at the dialysis centre with a right match to the time slot, the waiting time could be shorter.

Currently, we do not have status checking service online. NKF Admissions Counsellor will be in contact with the applicants regarding the status.

You may pick it up from the NKF main office at 81 Kim Keat Road, Singapore 328836 or call us at 6506 2187 to have the forms sent to you.

Means Test is used to determine the amount of subsidies each person needing care is eligible for. Persons from lower income households will be granted higher subsidies under the means test framework.

Means Test subsidies calculation is based in accordance to MOH guidelines.

Our NKF Admissions Counsellor in-charge will contact you in regards to your means test status.

The Medical Social Workers at your hospital will be able to advise you on the different type of subsidies based on your financial situation.

Kidney Live Donor Support Fund

For information on kidney donation in Singapore, you may wish to contact the National Organ Transplant Unit at Tel: 6321 4390 or email

NKF’s Kidney Live Donor Support Fund covers annual health screenings and medical follow-ups; one-time reimbursement for loss of 2 months actual income of $8,500, whichever is lower: reimbursement of hospitalisation and surgical insurance premiums (capped at MediShield Life premiums); pre-transplant screening and evaluation costs for up to 2 potential donors per kidney recipient; and insurance coverage for Group Living. Policy based on sum insured of $200,000.

For more information and eligibility, please click here. 

Donation & Volunteering

You can make the donation through different platforms:

  1. For online donation: please visit
  2. Or you may like to issue a cheque made payable to “The National Kidney Foundation” or “NKF” and mail it to us at 81 Kim Keat Road, Singapore 328836.
  3. Alternatively, you may contact us at 1800-KIDNEYS (5436397) or email us at to send you the donation form.
  4. Road Singapore 328836.

Thank you for your generosity. The cheque should be issued to “The National Kidney Foundation” or “NKF”.

Thank you for bequeathing your CPF contributions to NKF. You can fill up the CPF nomination form which can be downloaded from the CPF website. NKF’s UEN is 200104750M.

Thank you for your generosity. You may like to visit the Ministry of Law’s website where you can find a list of lawyers based in Singapore. Please visit

Our UEN/ Company Registration No. / GST Registration No. is 200104750M.

Please send us an email at or call us at 1800-KIDNEYS (5436397) and we will assist you accordingly.

You may email your new mailing address to , Please include your full name, contact number, old mailing address and UEN or NRIC/FIN (last 3 digits)

You may email us at to get the donation form. Please fill up your new GIRO/credit card number, donation amount and sign the form. Thereafter, post the GIRO form back to NKF for processing.

For credit card, you may wish to scan the form and send it to NKF via either of these options:

Email –

Fax – 6253 0417

Mail – 81 Kim Keat Road, Singapore 328836

Please email us at with your full name, UEN/NRIC/FIN and mailing address.

Please email us at to have the termination form sent to you. Please fill it up and send it back to us for processing and auditing purposes.

All outright cash donations to NKF are entitled to tax deduction because NKF is a registered charity with an IPC (Institutions of Public Character) status. We are able to issue tax deductible receipts for qualifying donations to our donors.

You are entitled to a tax deduction of 2.5 times the value of your donation in the preceding year.

You may sign up via our website at

If you do not have access to the internet, please call us at 1800-KIDNEYS (5436397) to have the application form sent to you. Please fill it up and send it back to us at 81 Kim Keat Road Singapore 328836.

Once we receive your application, our colleague from the Donor and Volunteer Management Department will contact you for a phone interview. After which, you will be invited to attend our volunteer orientation. This is to allow you to have a better understanding of the volunteering activities.

The minimum age is 13 years old. For volunteers who are below the age of 21, you will need to get parental consent. You may download the consent form here.

We strongly encourage our volunteers to commit at least a year so that we can better support our patients. Our programmes and activities are flexible, you can choose your volunteering schedule according to your interest and availability.

You may volunteer with us basing on your availability. We will send a weekly email to our volunteers indicating the up-coming volunteering opportunities. You can then match your availability to the activity schedule.

We have an array of volunteering activities to suit your interest and availability. To learn more about the volunteering activities we offer, please visit

Anyone and everyone can join us as a volunteer. All applicants will be required to undergo a mandatory orientation session where you will gain insights into the Foundation’s cause, kidney disease as well as learn more about the volunteering activities we offer. Regular trainings are also conducted for all volunteers so that they can better perform their role.

Most definitely! We welcome schools, companies and community groups to volunteer with us as part of their Values In Action and Corporate Social Responsibility activities. Please get in touch with us on your interest by sending an email to

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