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Jovinah is a 63-year-old widowed farmer and mother of three from Uganda who needs $137 to fund surgery to remove a mass from her left hand.

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October 17, 2022

Jovinah is a 63-year-old Kenyan farmer and mother of 3 children, all of them now working small jobs whenever they can. Jovinah lost her husband in 2004 and has been farming to make ends meet. Her farm does not produce enough to cover her day-to-day needs and other costs like the medical care she needs.

For 16 years, Jovinah has lived with a mass on her left hand near the scapula. Recently, she has been experiencing pain and difficulty in using her hand especially with the mass growing in size.

On October 18th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Jovinah needs help to raise $137 to fund this procedure.

Jovinah says “My condition has been on for a long time but I had no money to get treatment. I will be grateful when am supported so that I can live a better life and have an easier time with my farming.”

Jovinah is a 63-year-old Kenyan farmer and mother of 3 children, all of them now working small jobs whenever they can. Jovinah lost her husb...

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Jovinah's Timeline

  • October 17, 2022

    Jovinah was submitted by Edward Mugane, Impact Assessment Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 18, 2022

    Jovinah was scheduled to receive treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale in Uganda. 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.

  • October 20, 2022

    Jovinah's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Jovinah is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Jovinah's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Mass Excision (Minor)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $137 for Jovinah'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?

Broadly speaking, masses come in two types: benign (not cancer) and malignant (cancer). The types of tumors are many and could range from osteosarcoma of the jaw (a bone tumor) to thyroid enlargement to breast lump to lipoma (benign fat tumor), among others. The symptoms vary depending on the type of tumor. Not all tumors, cancerous or benign, show symptoms. A common benign tumor, such as a lipoma (fatty tumor), may cause local pressure and pain, or may be disfiguring and socially stigmatizing. An ovarian mass may be benign or cancerous and may cause pain, bleeding, or, if malignant, even death.

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

If the tumor is cancerous, it is usually aggressive and invasive. If not treated (including certain skin cancers, for example) there could be great tissue destruction, pain, deformity, and ultimately death. For non-cancerous masses, they could be disfiguring and painful.

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

Due to a lack of accessibility to treatment facilities, some of the patients have lived with masses for a long time. Access to medical facilities is difficult for people living in remote parts of Uganda.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is usually admitted to the hospital for one day to prepare for their surgery. For a minor mass excision, the patient is operated under local anaesthesia and based on the location, the surgery may be 1-2 hours long. The patient is then monitored and discharged on the same day of surgery if no concerns arise.

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

In the case of cancer, the procedure can be life-saving. In the case of benign tumors, patients can be free of pain or social stigma.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

If the tumor is cancerous, the surgeon will only try to remove it if the procedure would be curative. If cancer has already spread, then surgery cannot help. Most of these surgeries are not considered high risk.

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

There are few qualified facilities and surgeons to perform this procedure.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Alternatives depend on the type of tumor. If the tumor is cancerous, chemotherapy may help, but that treatment is even less available than surgery in Uganda. If the tumor is benign, it depends on the condition but just watching the mass would be one option.

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