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Paulo is a market vendor from Tanzania who needs $689 to fund a mass removal.

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September 23, 2019

Paulo is a market vendor from Tanzania. Paulo is a 32-year-old man who has a left mandible swell. The fourth born in his family makes a living from vending goods in their local market place. He was not able to further his studies beyond primary school due to financial constraints.  In 2014, Paulo noted swelling on his left mandible whereupon hospital review, he had a mandible mass diagnosis. His friends and relatives supported his surgery in 2016 and the swell receded. In 2018, he had a recurrence which was painful and caused his discomfort especially when eating. He was given pain medication at a hospital near his home. He heard of visiting doctors in ALMC and decided to seek treatment with us. He was reviewed and surgery was recommended. Paulo says that he is often mocked as “the guy with a swollen cheek” and he is never comfortable with that. If not treated, Paulo will continue having pain and discomfort when eating. Paulo is not able to pay for his treatment and appeals for help.

Paulo traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On September 24th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Paulo needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure.

Paulo says, “I am being discriminated due to my condition, the visiting doctors have given me hope but am unable to get the treatment due to financial challenges. Please help support if it’s possible.”

Paulo is a market vendor from Tanzania. Paulo is a 32-year-old man who has a left mandible swell. The fourth born in his family makes a livi...

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Paulo's Timeline

  • September 23, 2019

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

  • September 24, 2019

    Paulo 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.

  • September 27, 2019

    Paulo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 10, 2019

    Awaiting Paulo's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare Foundation.


    Paulo is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $689 for Paulo'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, 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 (like certain skin cancers, for example) there could be great tissue destruction, pain, deformity, and ultimately death.

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

There are so many different kinds of masses so it is difficult to state what the significance is.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The process depends on the location of the mass and whether it is cancerous or benign.

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 very risky.

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. If the tumor is benign, it depends on the condition but just watching the mass would be one option.

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