Tasneem's Unwavering Spirit Despite Renal Failure

Tasneem's Unwavering Spirit Despite Renal Failure

ACTNews, GAZA – Tasneem, a 16-year-old Gazan girl, can only lay down in her room. She suffers from renal failure and relies on hemodialysis to survive.

To the Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) volunteers, Tasneem said that she has to undergo hemodialysis three times a week. She has to wait in long queue just for blood dialysis. It becomes more difficult for her when the electricity is only available for a few hours a day.

Tasneem’s family also lives in difficult economic condition, making her medical treatments a heavy burden for her family to bear.

In March 2019, ACT through the Mobile Social Rescue (MSR) Program, gave financial aid for Tasneem’s treatments. “This aid will be used to cover the cost of the hemodialysis that she has to undergo each week,” said Nurjannatunnaim, Coordinator of the MSR Program, Friday (4/12).  

Tasneem’s father, Zayed Khaled Heji, expressed his gratefulness for this aid. He said that this aid rekindles Tasneem’s spirit to fully heal from her renal failure. “Thank you for the aid from the people of Indonesia,” said Heji.

There is a high number of renal failure cases in Gaza. In late 2018 alone, there were 800 people suffering from renal failure. The treatments for renal failure are hampered by several obstacles, one of the main ones is the lack of medical supplies in Gaza due to the ongoing blockade that has lasted for 12 years.

Palestinian Health Ministry appealed to the international community to care about the deteriorating condition of the people of Gaza. The patients who need renal failure need to wait in a long queue because, due to lack of electricity and medicines, the only hospital that is able to perform blood dialysis is the hospital managed by Palestinian Health Ministry.

Kidney transplantation is not always a solution for the renal failure patients. After the kidney transplantation surgery, the medicines are not always available. “We worry that the running out mycophenolate acid (an immunosuppressant drug used to prevent rejection in organ transplantation) will make the newly-transplanted kidneys not working properly, making the patients have to rely back on hemodialysis,” said Palestinian Health Ministry in its statement in October 2018.     

In Gaza, many hospitals are on the verge of closure thanks to the lack of electricity and medical supplies. The blockade by Israel makes the lives of the patients in Gaza more difficult, even just to be transferred to the hospitals in the West Bank.

The multiple crises afflicting Gaza have lasted for years. The blockade imposed by Israel has isolated Gaza, and may turn the area “uninhabitable” by 2020, according to the United Nations. []

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