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Uganda’s Healthcare System Under the Spotlight

Ida Horner | Africa on the Blog   in 
May 2, 2015

Rosemary Nankabirwa was talented, young, beautiful and had everything to live for but her life was cut short by adrenocortical carcinoma cancer.

According to news reports out of Uganda, the 35-year-old and former news anchor had been battling the illness since 2010 and was under the care of cancer specialists at Mulago Hospital in Kampala.

By early April 2015, it became apparent that the cancer specialists at Mulago Hospital could not do any more for her. The sort of care Rosemary needed was not available at Mulago Hospital and her best chances of survival hinged on being able to live the country to access care in nearby Kenya.

The cost of getting Rosemary to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital was high and beyond her parents’ means.

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