Salima joined Watsi on April 11th, 2020. 3 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Salima's most recent donation supported Kesande, a young mom from Uganda, to fund gynecological surgery.
Salima has funded healthcare for 3 patients in 2 countries.
Kesande is a 29-year-old woman from Uganda from a family of small scale farmers. She was born in a family of five siblings including two boys, one a health worker and anther one is a mobile trader. All the three daughters are married and are small scale farmers as well. Kesande dropped out of school at senior three due to lack of school fees since her older brother was joining university and her parents couldn’t afford paying for them all at once. She earns a living through operating a small hotel while her husband works in a stone quarry and she can’t afford the costs of her needed surgery. Kesande presented at our care center with a severe vaginal opening, which she has experienced for almost three years now. She often feels stool incontinence and on examination, it was indicated that she has a poorly healed 3rd degree perianal tear. This has made her feel uncomfortable and to have a poor quality of life. If not treated, symptoms may persist. Kesande had never been in any hospital for treatment of her condition but having heard of our program at Nyakibale hospital, she decided to come for any possibility of support. A coloporraphy is recommended as treatment for the betterment of her health.
Mbabazi is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is separated from her husband due to domestic violence and they have three children together who are living with their father, who has since remarried. Mbabazi moved back to her parent’s home and had a child whom she is raising with limited support. Six years ago, Mbabazi began to experience troubling symptoms, including gets difficulty in breathing, speech, and swallowing. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Mbabazi receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on April 2nd at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $240, and she and her family need help raising money. Mbabazi says, “I will be glad for your support so that my health can be restored and I can continue with farming after recovery.”
Ruth is the sole breadwinner to her three children after separating with the husband after becoming ill. Ruth has complained of abdominal pains for some time now. She has had numerous tests to diagnose the pains, been under different medications that only reduce pain from time to time. In 2018, she was hospitalized with complains of persistent abdominal pains. In November, she complained again and this time they sought care in Watsi's partner facility AIC Kijabe Hospital. CT scanning revealed a gall bladder mass necessitating urgent surgery. Without the surgery, Ruth will be in constant pain and chances of further complications from the mass might imminent. Ruth sells second-hand clothes to make ends meet. Ruth is not able to meet the cost of surgery. She appeals for help.