In the picture on the Right: Alex the patient (extreme left), UGANET Lawyer in blue t-shirt, Alex’s mother in grey-3rd left and Alex’s father in a red shirt, after a successful legal mediation session.
Early June 2016, UGANET lawyer and Mbarara hospice health workers visited Isingiro to meet the family of NATUKUNDA ANNAH and KANYINONDI JOHN, the parents of Twinamasiko Alex, a palliative care patient, whom her mother had left behind, to be attended to by his father alone due to domestic violence. As a result Alex lost hope in any medical intervention and stated that nothing can help him without his mother at home.
The lawyer made prior phone counselling and arrangement to interview the couple and both agreed. Annah (mother to Alex) narrated various forms of violence by the husband that had forced her to leave the home and to painfully leave her son behind in pain without adequate care. The husband acknowledged some mistakes and how separation had worsened the health condition of their son. UGANET Lawyer counselled them, and advised them on the wife’s right to be free from domestic violence and the rights of their child to comprehensive care. The couple reconciled and pledged to work together, for the betterment of their child and their family. Follow ups show that the couple is still together and the condition and worries of their son who has a cancerous leg (Twinamasiko Alex) has since drastically improved and he says he now has someone to disclose all his needs to, without any fear and expecting them to be addressed.