Senegal, a developing country has very limited access to healthcare in general, and to specialty care in particular. Even though progress has been made in recent years with the availability of 26 treatment centers in the country, the morbidity rate is high as a result of no access to dialysis. https://kidney360.asnjournals.org/content/1/6/538#:~:text=Dialysis%3A%20Free%2Dof%2DCharge,on%20prescription%20of%20a%20nephrologist
When aunt Aichatou received the news from the nephrologist, she was directed to the fairly new dialysis center (2018) in General Hospital of Thies. Once there, the person in charge of registration informed her that she was added to the waiting list with 300 patients ahead of her.
Due to the seriousness of her situation, the nephrologist suggested that she starts the treatment right away, and referred her to a private urgent care facility equipped with a dialysis machine, in a neighboring city (Mbour). Each treatment in that clinic costs 65,000 Fcfa ($120), a total of 195,000 Fcfa($360) a week, plus 60.000 Fcfa ($110) for private transportation.
As of today, family members have been taking care of the bills, transportation, prescriptions and her special diet. As you can imagine, we are starting to stretch thin financially.
According to Professor Abdou Niang, nephrologist in Le Dantec Hospital "Kidney failure is an expensive disease that requires sponsorship in the management of dialysis".http://www.santetropicale.com/actus.asp?id=864&action=lire
I am trying to raise money to cover a few months of dialysis, hoping that by then, a spot will be open in Thies General Hospital, or better she will find a donor.
Any amount donated will be greatly appreciated by aunt Aichatou, my dear mother and our entire family.
- Linda Hosten
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