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Success! Shinah from Uganda raised $120 to fund malaria treatment.

  • $120 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Shinah's treatment was fully funded on August 24, 2017.

Photo of Shinah post-operation

July 21, 2017

Shinah underwent malaria treatment.

Little Shinah was very ill when her mother brought her to the hospital. Fortunately, Shinah received treatment in time and was able to go home feeling much better. Her mother also received some education on preventing another episode, especially the importance of have her daughter sleep under a bed net.

“Please give all my thanks to the donors for helping our daughter,” says Eunith, her mother. “They saved her life. We will ask God to bless them abundantly in all that they do and we hope they keep helping people in need.”

Little Shinah was very ill when her mother brought her to the hospital. Fortunately, Shinah received treatment in time and was able to go ho...

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May 29, 2017

Shinah is a two-month-old baby girl. Her mother grows food for family consumption, while her father works at a local tea factory.

Shinah has malaria, accompanied by high fevers and distress, which have been making her sick for the past month. Shinah’s mother took her to a local clinic where they were given injections and syrup, but Shinah’s health did not improve.

Shinah was brought to our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, for treatment. Shinah is scheduled to receive malaria treatment May 29, and the requested $120 will cover the total cost of her medication, treatment, and hospital stay.

After Shinah has recovered, her parents hope to have her baptized and, eventually, would like to send her to school.

“I want to thank the donors contributing to the care of my daughter. All our savings were spent when we were giving birth to Shinah two months ago and the little earns we had have also been spent at the local clinics where we first sought care,” says Shinah’s mother.

Shinah is a two-month-old baby girl. Her mother grows food for family consumption, while her father works at a local tea factory. Shinah...

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Shinah's Timeline

  • May 29, 2017

    Shinah was submitted by Barnabas Oyesiga, Communications Officer at The Kellermann Foundation.

  • May 29, 2017

    Shinah received treatment at Bwindi Community Hospital 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.

  • June 6, 2017

    Shinah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 21, 2017

    Shinah's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 24, 2017

    Shinah's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Ped. Malaria
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $120 for Shinah'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?

Early symptoms of uncomplicated malaria include fever and flu-like illness, shaking chills, headaches, muscle aches, and tiredness. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur. Untreated, uncomplicated malaria can quickly progress to complicated malaria. Complicated malaria means that the disease has become life-threatening. By disrupting blood supply to vital organs, it alters important bodily functions. Complicated malaria can lead to death in a few hours or days or have long-term impacts. Symptoms include severe anemia, pulmonary edema, kidney failure, seizures, mental confusion, coma, and death. Neurologic defects may persist following cerebral malaria, especially in children. Such defects include troubles with movement, palsies, speech difficulties, deafness, and blindness. An estimated 90% of the malaria deaths in Africa occur south of the Sahara. Most of these deaths occur in children under 5 years of age.

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

Malaria that is not treated promptly can progress to complicated malaria, with potential long-term effects or death. Inadequate treatment of malaria can lead to frequent relapses, resulting in severe anemia, especially in children. There is also some evidence of long-term cognitive impairment in children who have had complicated or cerebral malaria.

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

Malaria is endemic to most of sub-Saharan Africa, including Uganda. In rural, southwest Uganda, much of the population is poor and cannot afford insecticide-treated bed nets, one of the best ways to prevent transmission of malaria in children. In addition, their houses may not have doors, windows, or screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Treatment for pediatric complicated malaria requires admission to the hospital. A patient is given three doses of intravenous artesunate over 24 hours. In addition, the patient may receive medications to control fever and pain and to support the affected organs. Seizures, if present, need to be stopped with medications. Severe anemia necessitates blood transfusion. Frequently, antibiotics are given to treat concurrent infections. After treatment with artesunate and for any concurrent conditions, the child is sent home with three days of Coartem® to stop the growth of the parasites in the blood.

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

If the right treatment is started promptly, then malaria is treatable. A patient’s life can be saved.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Artesunate is generally safe and well-tolerated. Coartem may have some side effects, including mild weakness or dizziness, mild headaches, joint or muscle pain, cough, or trouble sleeping.

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

Uncomplicated malaria can be treated with oral artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), available from local district health centers. Complicated malaria must be treated in the hospital. Some patients are also referred from lower-level health centers, which are less well-staffed and equipped to manage the complications of malaria.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives to intravenous ACT-based medications for complicated malaria. The alternative hospitals are more than a two-hour drive away. Complicated malaria often occurs after patients have tried to self-medicate without consulting a qualified health worker. They use drugs purchased from a local pharmacy or herbal medications from a traditional healer.

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