About us

The Foundation

Thank you for visiting the Atanga Kidney Foundation website, your one stop center for info information on kidney disease education, diagnosis and care. We are a 501c 3 organization registered in the state of Maryland and all donations are tax deductible. We hope the information you find here is useful. Also feel free to comment on what we can do to improve the website but most of all, share this website to your friends and family. A healthy kidney is a healthy body.

Our Vision

Kidney disease continues to be on the rise in many parts of Africa and Globally with limited resources available to assist the patients. The Vision is to increase resources like Dialysis centers in areas most affected and working with established institutions to make care more available and affordable. The founder hopes to use her Journey as an Organ donor to create awareness about Organ donation so as to encourage families to look at this option which will enable their loved ones to live less restrictive lives associated with Dialysis. There is still a lot of Myth and Stigma attached to Organ donation and with proper education, people will understand the benefits as well.

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Our Objectivies

  • To Raise Awareness of Kidney Disease and the Need for Regular Screenings.

  • To educate patients & their families understand kidney diseases and options for treatment including Organ donation.

  • To provide some financial support to transplant and dialysis patients with no insurance.

  • To work with health Organizations so as to provide more access to dialysis treatment.

  • To Promote Cadaver and Living organ donation awareness programs and to help break the stigma amongst Minorities.

  • The facilitation of / Participation in workshops.

  • To perform active, professional fundraising to generate sponsorship from corporate and donations from the public.

Providing Care

  • House hold: - Provide support to patients and their families through funding

  • Community:-Using our support system as a means to provide counseling to patients suffering from renal failure.

  • Health facilities: What are the options to patients with no insurance?

  • Organ Sharing: Who is eligible and what are the advantages and disadvantages.

Her Story

My name is Rosemary Ngehsab Atanga and I am a resident of Maryland, a mother, a wife and a volunteer and community coordinator for the Michael and Mauritia Patcha foundation headquartered in Maryland. I grew up in Cameroon, central Africa and right from a young age, I always loved to help and I guess this was as a result of my parents who got me involved in many youth groups/church activities  to keep me busy and also to make good use of my time. By the time I went to Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School in Cameroon, I had learned responsibility and it only got better under the guidance of the sisters of the Holy Rosary Order.

Almost 17 years ago, after my son was born, I went through a life changing situation. While I was still celebrating the joy of motherhood, my husband was diagnosed with End Stage Renal disease. We were both devastated by the news but not discouraged despite the odds of getting on the transplant list. It was a bit of a relief to learn about dialysis and organ donation which will enable us to live normal lives. The whole concept of organ donation was very new and Alien to us so I decided to call University of Maryland Hospital to learn more about Organ donation after which I volunteered to be tested as a possible donor.

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