Imagine a Uganda where all women diagnosed with cancer are treated and cured! This is true when a patient interfaces with a survivor for counseling.
During COVID-19 lock-down, cancer patients had no access to information about services that would help them cope with cancer treatment. UWOCASO has started
a fundraiser with an objective of raising Uganda shillings 29,200,000(USD8, 000) from 400 unique donors to help patients access supportive services.
This fundraiser starts on July 13th, 2020.
When we reflect on cancer patients who missed their treatment and review appointments due to lock the down of transport and supportive services,
we feel the pain they went through.
The delayed treatment did not only cause stress and anxiety of patients but fear of cancer spreading, progression of the disease and untimely death. UWOCASO
receives daily updates from survivors (counselors and navigators), community volunteers and health workers about the depressing picture of cancer patients in
their villages who are unable to continue with treatment due to transportation challenges to Uganda Cancer Institute , missed review appointments, drug
stock-outs, complications of advanced disease and painful death. Cancer patients and their families continue to bear this burden of crisis across the country;
however UWOCASO’s intervention has been limited to phone counseling. Patients need more support than ever before to cope with the physical, psychological,
emotional and financial difficulties during phase -3 of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some patients are experiencing domestic violence, community and family stigma. The situation is extremely challenging for UWOCASO (survivors
and patient navigators) who are witnessing colleagues lose their battles due to advanced cancer, emotional and financial distress.
Case 1: A breast cancer patient who received a diagnosis in 2019 from Eastern Uganda about 300 kilometers away from Uganda Cancer Institute
made a distressed call to UWOCASO saying her breast was swollen, bleeding and about to burst. She was in a lot of pain and required urgent attention. As if that
wasn’t bad enough her husband had chased her away from their marital home. She now lives with her sister who formally worked in a saloon and has no job at the
Case 2: A 10year old girl who is a cancer patient together with her mother rode on a motor cycle popularly known as boda-boda in Uganda
40 kilometers to go to place where they could find transport to take them another 100 kilometers to Uganda Cancer institute, a journey that exhausted her so
much so that by the time she arrived at the facility she was too weak to receive treatment (chemotherapy), collapsed and was hospitalized for 3 weeks. Emotional
distress was evident In the mother’s several calls to UWOCASO to help her obtain a travel permit to Uganda Cancer institute which she had failed to get for weeks.
Case 3: Before the lock-down UWOCASO and other partners were screening women for early detection unfortunately all those who received results never started treatment one of them is a lady in her 30s in Masindi received breast cancer diagnosis in February 2020 only returned to UCI in June when cancer had spread and there are minimal chances of cure.
If you have any resources, kindly help us to save life and give cancer patients a dignified life.
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