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Tushemereirwe is a small-scale farmer from Uganda who needs $228 to fund a hysterectomy.

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October 13, 2020

Tushemereirwe is a middle aged woman from Uganda. She is a mother of six and a small-scale farmer, and her husband is a primary school teacher. Her children are all in school, and her family works hard to pay for all of their school fees.

For the last 10 years, Tushemereirwe has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and backaches. After trying different methods of pain relief and treatments with no improvement, she sought care from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. Tushemereirwe was diagnosed with chronic pelvic inflammatory disease and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. If not treated, she is at risk of severe pain that would prevent her from farming completely, and lead to a worsened state of health. Tushemereirwe cannot afford the cost of surgery and asks for your help.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Tushemereirwe’s surgery. On October 14th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Tushemereirwe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve greatly.

Tushemereirwe shared, “I can no longer go the fields to practice farming and I need help urgently. Given treatment, I will be able to resume small-scale farming to be able to sustain and develop my family.”

Tushemereirwe is a middle aged woman from Uganda. She is a mother of six and a small-scale farmer, and her husband is a primary school teach...

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Tushemereirwe's Timeline

  • October 13, 2020

    Tushemereirwe was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • October 14, 2020

    Tushemereirwe was scheduled to receive treatment at Rushoroza Hospital. 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.

  • October 14, 2020

    Tushemereirwe's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Tushemereirwe is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Tushemereirwe's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $228 for Tushemereirwe'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?

Symptoms vary depending on the condition that requires the total abdominal hysterectomy. If the cause is cervical, uterine, or ovarian cancer, there may not be symptoms, especially if the cancer is early-stage. In more advanced cases of cervical and uterine cancers, abnormal bleeding, unusual discharge, and pelvic or abdominal pain can occur. Symptoms of ovarian cancer may include trouble eating, trouble feeling full, bloating, and urinary abnormality. If the cause is fibroids, symptoms may include heavy bleeding, pain in the pelvis or lower back, and swelling or enlargement of the abdomen.

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

Fibroids can grow large, cause abdominal pain and swelling, and lead to recurring bleeding and anemia. Cancer can cause pain and lead to death.

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

Most cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (HPV), which can often occur alongside a HIV infection. As a result, cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among African women in areas of high HIV prevalence. Cervical cancer is also more prevalent in Africa than in the United States due to the lack of early-detection screening programs. The other conditions treated by a total abdominal hysterectomy are not necessarily more common in Africa.

  • 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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