The Student Representative Council (SRC) of the University of Media, Arts & Communication-Ghana Institute of Journalism (UniMAC-GIJ) has taken a compassionate step by donating GHC 3,000 to assist Assistant Lecturer Philip Atawura in his quest for a kidney transplant in India.

In August 2021, Mr. Atawura was diagnosed with end-stage kidney disease, compelling him to undergo dialysis as a temporary measure to sustain his life. However, a kidney transplant is crucial for his long-term treatment.

In an effort to facilitate Mr. Atawura’s much-needed transplant, the SRC contributed GHC 3,000 to a fundraising campaign. The estimated total cost of the transplant, encompassing expenses for the donor, travel, and supplementary matters, is GHC 700,000.

Expressing his gratitude on behalf of Mr. Atawura, Eric Boansi Agyekum, a lecturer and close friend, received the donation and acknowledged the SRC’s generosity. “Thank you for this gesture. It truly means a lot to my good friend,” he expressed.

“He has been living with this condition since August 2021 and has continued teaching despite the challenges. However, a transplant has become necessary for his long-term well-being. Currently, he must undergo dialysis twice a week in order to survive,” Agyekum revealed.

He further disclosed that finding a suitable donor had proven to be a challenging endeavor, and the financial burden was nearly insurmountable for the family. Therefore, they turned to the public for support.

“For the past year and a half, we have faced numerous difficulties in finding donors. Finally, we have found one, but it comes with a substantial cost. The transplant itself will be conducted outside of Ghana,” he divulged.

Bismark Owusu Ansah, President of the SRC, appealed to stakeholders, current students, and alumni to rally behind the cause and ensure the success of Mr. Atawura’s kidney transplant. He encouraged students facing health-related challenges to speak up, allowing for adequate preparations and solutions to be made.

“Let us unite and support Atawura during this critical time. Every contribution, no matter how small, will make a difference in helping him receive the life-saving transplant he urgently needs,” Ansah emphasized.

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The UniMAC-GIJ SRC’s altruistic donation serves as a testament to the university community’s solidarity and compassion, uniting efforts to provide hope and assistance to their esteemed colleague.



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