Alem, a refugee who fled persecution in Ethiopia, is fighting for her life. She needs dialysis to survive until she can get a kidney transplant. As an asylum seeker in South Africa she cannot afford private treatment and is not eligible for state-sponsored dialysis, without which she will die. Lawyers for Human Rights is raising money for her treatment while they launch a constitutional challenge of the policy that bars her from getting life-saving treatment. Donate to keep #AlemAlive
South African national health-care policy bars refugees, like Alem, from accessing kidney transplants and dialysis. This particularly vulnerable community cannot return home for treatment because they fear persecution in their home countries. This leaves them with no affordable access to life-saving treatment and essentially amounts to a death sentence.
Lawyers for Human rights is representing Alem to challenge the constitutionality of the health policy that restricts her access to dialysis. But she needs immediate treatment in order to stay alive. Lawyers for Human Rights needs your help to raise the funds to keep her on dialysis until her case can be heard in court.
Refugees who cannot return home to seek access to healthcare will be able to access dialysis and kidney transplants in South Africa to save their lives. Photo credit: Ihsaan Haffajee, New Frame