Cambodians Cash In To Save Kidneys

For one patient, the logic is simple: “When you have money you can live longer, and if not you die.” The rising toll of kidney disease has more and more Cambodians cashing in all their assets to pay for dialysis to keep them alive.

The mortality rate of chronic kidney disease across Asia has soared 3.4% a year since 1990, alongside lifestyle changes brought by economic development.

Kidney transplants are virtually unavailable in Cambodia; dialysis centers and kidney specialists are scarce for those aware of their illness. More still are unaware that they’re afflicted with “the silent killer,” which only shows symptoms at the late stages.

VOA Cambodia

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