There are thousands of men across Tanzania just like Selemani Mtambo.

Mtambo suffered with the effects of lymphatic filariasis, a disease spread by worms carried in human lymph nodes. While the disease is common in developing countries, its symptoms are unforgettable.

The scrotal sack fills with fluid, forming a debilitating condition called hydrocele. It keeps men from working. Fathers from parenting. Husbands from loving.

Selemani Mtambo’s hydrocele grew so heavy he could barely move.

“Before the surgery I couldn’t work and I felt ashamed,” he said. It was so large he couldn’t wear pants, and he spent much of the day in bed.

“My wife was not happy. She was embarrassed,” he says.


Click the image to see a hydrocele. (Caution: Graphic content)

IMA World Health works closely with government health officials and surgeons to make sure cases of lymphatic filariasis are prevented. For those who suffer with hydrocele, people like you help us to provide a simple, $75 operation that does nothing short of giving men their lives back.

Someone like you helped Mtambo. “Now I am all right, no problem. I can put on trousers and I feel lighter than before.”

By June 30, we’re trying to reach 250 men in Tanzania who need hydrocele surgeries. A generous donor will match your gift, helping us to reach twice as many men in need.

All gifts matched $1 for $1 now through June 30. You can help us provide treatment for 250 men by raising $18,750.

The typical Father’s Day gift falls far short of a gift that will improve the lives of men suffering from lymphatic filariasis. Giving a father the gift of his livelihood and improved quality of life is priceless.

Consider making your gift to IMA World Health in honor of the special father or fathers in your life:

  • A beard trimmer costing $75 could provide one man with a hydrocele surgery.
  • A $150 watch could provide two men with hydrocele surgeries.
  • A $250 cordless drill could provide three men with hydrocele surgeries.
  • A $500 gas grill could provide six men with hydrocele surgeries.

The father(s) you honor will receive a card or email letting them know of your amazing life-changing gift. It’s an instant gift that will forever change a life.

Gifts made to IMA World Health support our entire mission of health, healing and well-being, and they will be directed to where they are most needed.