Cancer of the cervix is the most common malignancy of women in Uganda.
The majority of these women present with advanced disease, however, with combined chemotherapy and radiotherapy, 50% of these cancers can be cured. Without treatment, the cancer causes pain, bleeding, incontinence, and eventually death.
Currently in Uganda, radiotherapy for cervical cancer can take up to 8 weeks to complete, and is available at Mulago Hospital which is located in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. While admitted, patients and their family members are responsible for providing their own food and performing their own nursing care, thus a helper (family member or friend) is required to accompany the patient for the entire duration of her treatment.
The combined cost of transportation, accommodations and food for two people, medical investigations and treatment itself costs approximately $370 Canadian dollars. For the average Ugandan, this is equivalent to a year’s wages.
The vast majority of women who live outside of the capital city cannot afford the cost of seeking treatment, and as a result, die of their disease. At the present time, no other organization has been established to address this issue.
Funds raised by Road to Care will be used to cover the cost of transportation, accommodations, and food for patients and their helpers as well as medical investigations and treatment for women with curable cervical cancer in Uganda who would otherwise be unable to access treatment.