Medical Support

A mother who was attacked together with her daughter in the hospital receiving medical support
The treatment that a patient of acid burns receives depends on a number of issues, for example, the nature of the attack, which parts of the body were affected, the amount and concentration of acid that was used and the use of first aid (lots of clean cold water) immediately after the attack. Patients with severe burns take a longer time to recover.

In most cases, the face (which contains vulnerable organs like the eyes, nose, mouth, ears) and neck are the targeted areas. The eyes are particularly vulnerable because if acid is thrown in them, partial or complete blindness may follow. ASFU ensures that the survivor receives the support that is required.

A survivor receives medical support in hospital.

Free access to drugs for disadvantaged survivors

ASFU supports acid survivors to access medical care during their time of recovery. Approximately 90% of acid survivors live below the poverty line and cannot afford the high costs associated with treating acid burns. ASFU therefore meets costs for drugs, bandages and medical reviews for disadvantaged survivors during the recovery period.

For survivors who are able to meet some of the expenses, there is a cost sharing arrangement in place. ASFU works with national and regional referral hospitals to enable acid survivors to access the required medical services. In 2013, ASFU