Akankwasa is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is married with six children.
One year ago, Akankwasa began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty breathing and swallowing. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Akankwasa receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on May 17 at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $240, and she and her family need help raising money.
Akankwasa says, “I hope to get a better life style after surgery and be free from the disfigurement and still continue with cultivation.”