Annah is a 40-year-old single mother from Uganda. She is a subsistence farmer and grows cassava, potatoes, and beans. She has been diagnosed with cervical cancer, which is fortunately in the early stages and can be treated by having a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus and cervix).
Annah started showing symptoms, including severe pain, five months ago. This has made it difficult for her to work. Besides her son, she is the only support for her younger sisters. She is not able to afford the surgery she needs.
When she is not working, Annah enjoys meeting friends in community savings groups (“Bataka Groups”), which encourage savings and community development. After school and on Sundays, she and her nine-year-old son play and dance traditional songs. Annah also enjoys singing in church and listening to health programs over the radio.
When she came to the hospital to learn what was wrong, Annah was told about the Watsi program and how it could help her get the treatment she needs. $321 will cover the costs of the life-saving surgery and care Annah needs.
Annah says, “I would like to thank all the donors for supporting me. It has been a gift from God”.