First Aid Fund for Patients of the Blood Dialysis Centre in Bangui

Health care in the CAR is always paid, there is basically no social system and the functioning of the state in this area is supported by various non-governmental organizations. Medical fees are high, especially for blood dialysis. One session costs 30 € including a small donation of the State and most patients need 3 sessions per week.

The blood dialysis centre in Bangui started operating this year and is the first clinic of its kind in the country. It was set up by the state after the first local specialist returned after his studies. It is Dr. Cédric Ouanekpone, whom SIRIRI has long supported throughout his studies. The center is visited by chronic patients who have been able to return home from neighboring countries after several years of health care overthere.

But there are also urgent cases. These are patients who need blood dialysis quickly and urgently – for example, women who have health problems after giving birth or young people who have had an infection. In these cases, 4-5 sessions are enough for patients to recover completely. Unfortunately, it has happened several times that patients did not have the financial means for treatment and died prematurely. The aim of this project is to help 8-10 urgent cases.

At SIRIRI, we have therefore decided to extend the first aid fund to the poor patients of this clinic. The fund has been operating since 2013 in Bozoum, Bouar and now also in Baoro. Dr. Cédric Ouanekpone will inform us about the individual stories of patients who found themselves in a hopeless situation and to whom he was able to help thanks to SIRIRI and our donors.

The project is funded by SIRIRI in 2023 with EUR 1000.