Gillian is a 26-year-old kindergarten teacher, living with her husband and one child in southwestern Uganda. While Gillian’s husband works on other people’s farms as a casual laborer, Gillian also does some farming to supplement their income. Gillian and her family were greatly affected by Covid-19, as she was in lockdown for two years with schools closed and unable to work. As soon as the lockdown ended and schools reopened, Gillian discovered that she was pregnant.
While Gillian has no history of any pregnancy complications, she contracted malaria while in the second trimester of her current pregnancy. She recovered fully, but during an antenatal visit with her doctor, Gillian was advised to deliver her child by Caesarean section to protect her health and her baby’s.
Gillian and her husband cannot afford to pay for this c-section procedure; but fortunately, they were referred to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, which is requesting $252 to cover Gillian’s surgery, which is scheduled to take place on May 19th, at the Karoli Lwanga Hospital in Nyakibale.
Gillian says: “My husband and I work so hard to get by. We had to sell off the small piece of land we owned to afford my first child’s delivery. I hope that with your support, I will be able to deliver well.”