Finnish Kidney and Liver Association

The Finnish Kidney and Liver Association is a nationwide patient and non-governmental organization. The association supports the wellbeing of those with kidney and liver diseases and who have received organ transplants and their families and loved ones and promotes their rights.  The association provides information on kidney and liver diseases and their prevention.

The association's central office is located in Helsinki and there are regional offices in Tampere, Kuopio and Oulu. There are 6000 members in 19 member associations. The members are those with kidney and liver diseases, their families and loved ones, health care professionals and other interested parties. In a member association you can meet others who have gone through the same experiences. Anyone interested in the activities of the association may become a member. Becoming a member of the association is the best way to support its activities and goals.  Volunteer work improves your own wellbeing as well as that of your family and loved ones and also promotes solidarity. The association's recreational events combine entertainment and benefit. The association offers friendship and a place to act together in moments of major life changes.

Kidney and liver diseases affect tens of thousands of Finns in one way or another. The association does advocacy work in order that all the patients have equal access to treatment, rehabilitation, organ transplantation, and social participation. The association promotes organ donation and transplant activities.

Adapting to the disease requires knowledge and learning a new way of life.  The association distributes reliable information on kidney and liver diseases and their treatment, as well as information concerning organ transplants. The association's communication promotes the prevention of diseases, raises awareness about kidney and liver diseases and reduces prejudices against people suffering from these diseases.

This life change calls for new ways to cope with everyday life. The association supports rehabilitation, organises adaptation training courses and provides advice on social security. It organizes more than 20 adaptation courses annually for people of different ages and in different stages of the disease. It also offers guidance and advice to patients on social security issues.

The Finnish Kidney and Liver Association provides peer support and offers the opportunity for people to share experiences. Peer support is volunteer work to help family and loved ones. It helps kidney and liver patients and transplant recipients and their families to cope with the different stages of the disease.

Family action supports the daily lives of families with ill children. Care assistance for families with children waiting for a transplant is available through the association. The Association also organizes activities for adolescents and young adults.

The central office is open weekdays 9.30–15.00.

Tel. +358 50 3415 966, Telephone helpline 10–14