Provia is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She did not attend school as her parents did not believe in education for girls. She later got married, but unfortunately, her husband died some twenty years ago. She was blessed with seven children (four boys and three girls) who did not get an education. She stayed with them until they were mature enough to move out. She practices farming but is struggling due to her illness.
About thirty years ago, Provia began to experience troubling symptoms, including an anterior neck swelling with on-and-off pain. She applied some local herbs, which minimized the swelling, but the pain persisted, making swallowing difficult. She visited Rushoroza Hospital and was diagnosed with a goiter, and a thyroidectomy was recommended, but she could not afford it.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare is helping her to access the care she needs. Provia is scheduled to undergo thyroid removal surgery on November 25 at our medical partner’s care center. This procedure cost $333; she and her family need help raising money.
Provia says, “I pray for a successful surgery. After complete recovery, I will proceed with my farming.”