Hundreds of Cameroonians from highly underprivileged economic backgrounds struggling with kidney failure are faced with the daunting task of dialysis twice a week. For these poor patients, affording one dialysis session means prolonging their lives for a day or two. In Cameroon, the dialysis fee per session is 5 000 FCFA (7.62Euro). Many just can’t afford this and go for some weeks without dialyzing. The worsening insecurity situation in Cameroon has taken an economic toll on the already poor patients especially those from rural areas who rely on agriculture as the sole means of livelihood.
The patients of the Hemodialysis center Buea Regional Hospital is one of the few dialyzing centers in Cameroon and the only in the South West Region. Patients here are mostly poor and underprivileged peasant farmers who can’t afford the fee for regular dialyzing. The situation is critical as more and more patients are losing their lives due to lack of funds to pay for one more dialysis session. The NDES Foundation has intervened to provide for dialysis for the most economically underprivileged patients to take one-month free dialysis. Our help is far from enough. There is urgent need for funds to continue the support.
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