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Namukasa is a farmer from Uganda who needs $208 to fund a hysterectomy.

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June 27, 2017

Namukasa is a 45-year-old mother of four from Uganda. She and her husband both work as small-scale farmers.

Namukasa has been experiencing prolonged menstrual periods for about five years, which have come to cause her great discomfort. She was recently diagnosed with uterine fibroids, and a total abdominal hysterectomy was recommended. Without treatment, Namukasa’s heavy bleeding will continue, potentially resulting in anemia and intensification of her current pain.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $208 to cover the cost of Namukasa’s hysterectomy. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 29 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Namukasa to live more comfortably again.

“I hope to have good comfort and start cultivation after gaining the strength,” says Namukasa.

Namukasa is a 45-year-old mother of four from Uganda. She and her husband both work as small-scale farmers. Namukasa has been experiencin...

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Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $208 for Namukasa's treatment
Hospital Fees
$126
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$17
Supplies
$59
Labs
$6
  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient first reports for laboratory testing. The following day, the patient undergoes surgery. After the operation, the patient stays in the hospital ward for three to four days, during which she is continually monitored. The surgery is considered successful if the wound heals without infection, bleeding, or fever, and if the patient no longer experiences urinary dysfunction.

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

In the case of uterine fibroids or early-stage cancer, a total abdominal hysterectomy is curative.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

If performed early enough, this surgery is low-risk and curative, with few side effects.

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

This surgery is available, but many patients cannot afford it. Many women are screened for cervical cancer with a low-cost alternative to a pap smear. This is common in HIV treatment programs. If necessary, the woman is referred for surgery, which she often cannot afford.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

If cervical cancer is caught early enough, some minor procedures can solve the problem. Women with fibroids who still wish to have children may opt to undergo a surgery only to remove the fibroids, which is called a myomectomy.

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