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Meet The Team

Meet the team of strong women behind WSH BME Network! We are all from different backgrounds yet share the same passion of supporting others struggling with kidney disease, organ donation anf other long-term health issues. We also encourage people in the African-Caribbean community to become organ donors to help save lives.

Hilaria Asumu

Founder/Chair WSH BME Network

Hilaria is a kidney disease and transplant patient, and, after receiving her transplant in 2018, she  became an ambassador for organ donation in the Black community with the NHS blood and transplant team.

As a campaigner, Hilaria’s work has taken her places such as the London Assembly, the House of Commons, Parliament and most of the churches in the North West. She also speaks at events across the region, and to people further afield with online talks.

Although she is a passionate about supporting people living with all long-term health conditions, Hilaria focuses on organ donation and the related law. The rule change in May 2020 saw the introduction of  the ‘Organ Donation (Opt Out) Law’ (and officially, Max & Keira’s Law), which encourages people to sign up to the organ donor register.

Furthermore, Hilaria also advocates for improving the African-Caribbean patient experience in Britain’s healthcare system.

Faith Mapfeka

WSH BME Network Trustee

Faith is a renal nurse practitioner and has worked on the NHS for 14 years. She has worked with kidney disease patients requiring dialysis. Now a manager, Faith is well liked by her patients and anyone who comes in contact with her.

With a specialism in haemodialysis, Faith trains patients to manage their own dialysis treatment at home.

She empowers and supports patients to be independent with their health and home treatment. In fact, our Hilaria – our Founder and Chair, was one of her former patients.

Faith also encourages people from the African-Caribbean background to sign up to the organ donation register, and has set up a group with some women in the North West, who can support each other during the Covid.

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