Help Alem Get Life-Saving Dialysis

by Lawyers for Human Rights
Help Alem Get Life-Saving Dialysis

We hope that you and your family are well during this time.

We would like finally thank you for contributing to Help Alem Get Life-Saving Dialysis. Your support helps ensure that we can continue to provide free legal services and support to vulnerable and marginalized individuals and communities. We know there are a lot of other ways you could have spent this money, so we feel privileged that you chose to invest in our work. 

Despite these trying times and the strain on our healthcare system, Alem has continued to receive treatment and is doing well.  Due to the support of the public and private sector as well as Alem’s community, we have reached our goal of providing Alem with financial support for her dialysis treatment and will therefore be closing the project.   

From Alem and her team at Lawyers for Human Rights, we cannot say thank you enough for your support and for helping keep Alem alive! 

Should you wish to continue supporting our work, please see the GlobalGiving link to “Supporting Access to Justice in South Africa”.  Supporting our other projects will help us to continue to fight for social justice and the protection and enforcement of human rights. 

Warm regards,

Lawyers for Human Rights 

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Hello,

We hope you are well and safe during this time. 

Thanks to the generous donations of the public and private donors such as yourself, Alem is doing well. She is receiving regular dialysis at a private facility and her health is improving daily. Chronic dialysis will however not resolve the threat to her life – only a transplant can do that.  As Alem is not a South African citizen or a permanent resident of South Africa she requires Ministerial authorization for transplantation.  However, the Minister of Health refused to grant Alem authorization resulting in her legal team at Lawyers for Human Rights working to challenge the Minister’s decision.  Should this legal challenge be successful, Alem may be added to the waiting list for a kidney transplant and access state-funded dialysis.  Alem's status as an asylum seeker should not mean a death sentence in South Africa. 

Lawyers for Human Rights are further working to launch a Constitutional challenge of the impugned laws and policies that exclude Alem, and people like her, from state-funded dialysis and transplants without the need to apply for Ministerial authorization. Despite the outbreak of COVID-19 and a national lockdown in South Africa, Alem has continued to access dialysis in the private sector and her legal team have managed to continue pursuing her legal challenge. But, dialysis is expensive and court procedures can take a very long time. Please continue to donate so that we can keep Alem alive until she can have her day in court. 

From Alem and her team at Lawyers for Human Rights, we cannot say thank you enough for your support. 

Keep up the good work. 

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Hello,

Thanks to the generous donations of the public and private donors such as yourself, Alem is doing well. She is receiving regular dialysis at a private facility and her health is improving daily. Alem's legal team at Lawyers for Human Rights is, in the meantime, working to launch a Constitutional appeal so that Alem, and people like her, may be added to the waiting list for a kidney transplant and access state-funded dialysis. Alem's status as an asylum seeker should not mean a death sentence in South Africa. 

But, dialysis is expensive and court procedures can take a very long time. Please continue to donate so that we can keep Alem alive until she can have her day in court. 

From Alem and her team at Lawyers for Human Rights, we cannot say thank you enough. And keep up the good work. 

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Location: Pretoria - South Africa
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Robin Lenahan
Pretoria, South Africa

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