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Tél : +91 11 26499572 - Phone/Fax: +91 11 2494907
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Pap test pamphlets

The Indian Cancer Society, Delhi has worked in the Delhi area since 1984. Since inception, Cancer Awareness & Screening have been its core concerns. The Cancer Detection Centre operates from a central Delhi address. A Mobile Screening Van goes out every weekend, carrying Screening services to far flung areas and concentration of populations. Both service are offered at highly subsidized rates. Cancer Awareness Talks are conducted on a regular basis by trained Volunteers. ICS recognizes Cancer Cervix as a major scourge for Indian women. It has an uninterrupted record of Cervical screening for 26 years – possibly the longest such service in India. It has declared November (Cervical Cancer month) as Pap Test Delhi in 2000, as a Millenium Goal, offering free screening to women. When we find a sponsor, we undertake screening of 1000 women every winter (Nov-Mar). We screen about 5000 women per annum. We plan to introduce the HPV/DNA screening from November 2010.

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Contact: Harmala Gupta, President
Tél : +91-11-26102851 or 26102869
Helpline : +91-11-26711212 (Mon-Fri, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm)

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Confronting our Fears by Harmala Gupta CanSupport

MISSION: to enable people with advanced cancer and their families to make informed choices and decisions and to receive appropriate physical, emotional, social and spiritual support.

VISION: of a caring and supportive society where people with cancer and their families live with dignity, hope and comfort.

BACKGROUND: CanSupport is a not-for- profit society which was registered in Delhi in 1996 and continues to pioneer palliative care in northern India. It grew out of the personal experience of Harmala Gupta, a survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She had worked as a support person in cancer hospitals in Delhi and was aware that 80% of cancer patients in India came with advanced disease. Once treatments failed, they and their families felt abandoned and had no way of ensuring their continued physical, mental and spiritual well being.

Subsequently, in 1997, a home care service was started as a pilot project in collaboration with the Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital at AIIMS in New Delhi. It began with 6 patients and a volunteer nurse and counselor. It was so successful, that at the end of three months a full fledged home based palliative care programme was launched.

1. Home Care: Delivery of palliative care to the homes of patients; includes support to their families.
2. Supportive Care: Day Care, Peer Support Group Meetings and the Telephone Helpline for information and emotional support to people touched by cancer.
3. Training in palliative care to doctors, nurses, counselors, social workers and volunteers in India.

Home Care: Our home care service is for patients suffering from advanced and terminal cancer, primarily the marginalized and underserved. Professionally qualified home care teams routinely visit patients registered with them at least once a week (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). They may visit more frequently should they feel that the patient requires additional care and reassurance.

CanSupport inter-disciplinary home care teams are made up of doctors, nurses and counsellors trained in palliative care. At present, 10 teams operate from 6 field centres located in South, East, West and North Delhi as well as Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad. Each team looks after about 50 patients resident within a 20 to 25 km radius of where they are based; together they care for about 550 patients and their families at any given time. Besides the weekly visit, patients and caregivers are free to call the team any time and seek assistance.

The first visit provides an opportunity for the nurse and the doctor to make a joint assessment of the needs of the patient and the family and prepare a plan of care. While the doctor looks at the medical aspects, the nurse offers hands-on care as well as teaches the family how to carry out simple nursing tasks such as mouth, wound and catheter care. She also addresses issues related to diet, prevention of pressure sores, etc. The task of the counselor is to listen to patients and their families attentively, to reassure them constantly and to prepare them for what lies ahead so that they feel more in control. This support also extends to bereavement counseling.

Supportive Care:
1. Day Care: CanSupport volunteers manage a day care, twice a week, in Sector 9, R.K. Puram. On Mondays, children undergoing treatment for cancer at the Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital (IRCH) at AIIMS are brought in with their parents. While the young ones participate in a host of creative and fun activities, their parents interact with one another and seek advice or reassurance from others similarly placed as well as from our volunteers who are trained to act as facilitators. The children are also given nutritional supplements and medicines, and occasionally, when a donor can be found, cancer drugs. About 100 children and their parents benefit each month from this programme.

On Fridays, our volunteers bring in out-of-town cancer patients and their care givers and befriend them. Most are temporarily resident at a nearby dharamshala, while under treatment at AIIMS, and come from far flung villages around the country. The relaxed and caring atmosphere of the day care and the healing therapies offered by our volunteers lifts their spirits and gives everyone a well earned break from the stress and strain of enduring a long illness far away from home.

2. Support Group Meetings: The day care is also the venue for our monthly peer-based support group meetings. These are held on the first and third Wednesday of the month. This is a confidential interactive group session where those under treatment meet with others similarly placed. There are usually cancer survivors also present. These meetings provide an opportunity to seek reassurance, to share experiences and express feelings, to obtain right information and to learn how best to cope with life after cancer. Trained CanSupport volunteers act as facilitators.

3. Telephone Helpline: CanSupport has a telephone helpline that provides information, emotional support and referrals to cancer patients and their family members. It also acts as the first port of call to CanSupport’s programmes; those who wish to register for home care visits call here. It is a confidential service that breaks the barrier of distance. It is manned by staff specially selected and trained for this purpose who have access to a directory of cancer related information. It operates Monday to Friday, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. The telephone number is: +91-11-26711212.

Contact: Dr Betty Daniel
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2010 WACC Award proposal | Our work in pictures

Our mission is a charitable voluntary organization established in 1999. We are working with women and children, in Bangalore metropolitan area particularly and rural and tribal areas of other States.The organization is primarily working for the betterment of the street, working slum women and children in the city of Bangalore. We also are present among the tribal and rural women population in 3 adjoining states.
Our mission is legally registered with our government and is a faith based mission. Our focus areas are Education and Health issues of the target population. The organization has received support from various national & international funding organization like Times of India Foundation, Karnataka Government Literacy Programmes, Mustard Seed Foundation and World Relief Project. .

Current ongoing projects:
1 Awareness Projects on HIV/TB/Malaria and Cervical Cancer
2 Detecting virus in the smears of cervix and urine from the slum women of sexually active group.
3 Significance of Diabetes among slum women'Is it a disease of the rich
4 Strept Throat infections among alum children
5 Whether all children are covered by local polio campaign?
6 Effect of important herbal concentrates on pathogenic bacteria
7 Common skin infections among street children.