Ivan has had hydrocele, a common congenital defect among boys. The hydrocele itself isn’t painful but the swelling that accompanied it was especially when he was walking to and from school.
Hydrocele surgery is ranked as one of the most cost effective health interventions in low income countries and is typical of the high-impact, low-cost operations we fund. The cost of surgery can impoverish families who don’t have the means to pay for such treatment and this would have been the case with Ivan’s family. Donations covered every aspect of his medical treatment.