You think your life is bad until you see true poverty
Published 04/05/2016 | 02:30
Rose is 29 years of age and has advanced cervical cancer. From a small village outside Mbarara in Western Uganda, she was diagnosed last September after complaining of abdominal pain and heavy bleeding.
If she was living in Ireland - or indeed any developed country in the West - she would have started on treatment straight away. It wouldn't have mattered if she had money or not. And her chances of survival - or at least an extension to life - would have been high.
But Rose lives in Uganda, where the health system is underdeveloped and chaotic. And it's not free. If you can't pay for treatment, the likelihood is you suffer and eventually die. Even if you have money for treatment, the services are appalling. The rich can afford to travel to neighbouring countries to get well.