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Yohana is a five-year-old from Tanzania who needs $838 to fund knee surgery.

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December 2, 2019

Yohana is a five-year-old playful and friendly boy from Tanzania. Yohana’s parents are peasant farmers. They keep a small herd of livestock which is their only source of income. He loves herding his parents’ livestock with other children. However, due to ganu valgus, a condition where the knees bow inwards, he is unable to walk with ease.

When he was three years old, his father noted the left leg bowing inwards and sooner his right leg. He thought the condition would clear on its own. However, it worsened with time. Yohana is set to start school in 2020 but his parents are worried that he might face difficulties walking. He was reviewed at a local clinic before being referred to our facility. Upon review, he had surgery recommended. Upon successful surgery, he will be able to walk with ease and less pain. The planned surgery is costly for his parents to meet and they appeal for financial assistance.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Yohana. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 5th. Treatment will hopefully restore Yohana’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

Yohana’s father says, “I have watched my son’s legs become deformed but there was nothing I could do due to financial challenges. Please help.”

Yohana is a five-year-old playful and friendly boy from Tanzania. Yohana's parents are peasant farmers. They keep a small herd of livestock ...

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Yohana's Timeline

  • December 2, 2019

    Yohana was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • December 06, 2019

    Yohana received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • December 16, 2019

    Yohana's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 17, 2019

    Awaiting Yohana's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.


    Yohana is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Yohana's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients with genu valgum (or "knock-knees") have knees that bend inward and cause an abnormal walking gait. Patients with genu varum (or bowleggedness) have knees that bend outward and cause knee or hip pain and reduced range of motion in the hips.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The patient's mobility is hindered, which can prevent the patient from making a living through physical labor. The patient may also develop arthritis later in life.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

In the United States, supplemental fluoride is added to the water to improve dental health. However, in areas of northern Tanzania, there is too much naturally-occurring fluoride in the water, which causes bone curvature.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient will stay in the hospital for 4-5 days. During this time, the surgical wound will be monitored for swelling and infection. The patient will complete physiotherapy to help him or her walk or move the limbs. A series of X-rays will be performed over several months to monitor the healing process.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The bones and joints will be aligned, and long-term disability will be prevented.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This procedure is not risky, but it is time-consuming. The rehabilitation process can take several months.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Care is not easily accessible. Most patients live in remote, rural areas and are identified through mobile outreach. The pediatric surgical program at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre was started to meet the large burden of pediatric disability in the region.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. Although some cases can heal on their own, the patients submitted to Watsi require dedicated treatment.

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