In April, 2016, the UGANET Lawyer was referred to a palliative care patient-MUTUNGI ADRINE, resident of Ngugo cell, Bugamba sub-county, Rwampala Mbarara, a palliative care patient with Cancer of the cervix. The Mbarara hospice health worker had reported to the Lawyer that the patient was no longer taking her medication as prescribed and her situation was not improving. Upon interviewing her, the lawyer established that the client was stressed and had taken long without taking her drugs mainly because of her husband’s negative and discriminative attitude and practices that left the patient feeling hopeless and unwanted.
She reported that she no longer saw the meaning of life, due to her condition that had precipitated her husband’s actions of stopping her from using the banana plantation, coffee, and he would quiet often abuse her publicly and sometimes beat her up. The lawyer engaged the husband on his responsibilities to the wife more so when she is sick, and the rights of the wife, he was positive and a mediation was arranged. During the mediation, the husband accepted to support the wife, and since then the husband facilitates her transport for medical support, he allowed her to use the family garden and she reports that cases of domestic violence have stopped. This has improved her life and she now compliance with the treatment advice.