Prevention, Early detection of cancer and providing Treatment support
India suffers from raising incidence of cancer at its 3rd and 4th stage, wherein the treatment and saving of lives become very challenging. This can be effectively controlled through creating awareness, performing early diagnosis and providing treatment, so that precious lives could be saved. This has become more critical as the Indian Council of Medical Research or ICMR has recently projected that India is possibly looking at over 17 lakh new cases of cancer and over 8 lakh deaths related to the disease by the year 2020. Studies have indicated that the mortality rate can be effectively reduced from 30% to 80%, using pre-screening and early diagnosis approach.
Mission of Udhavum Ullangal
Udhavum Ullangal has embarked on a long term program to reduce mortality in rural Tamil Nadu by pre-screening and identifying cancer cases early and subsequently supporting their treatment. Over the last 8 years it has conducted 1339 camps in rural Tamil Nadu and screened 28,607 people, while creating awareness among 107,452 people.
85 cancer cases have been identified and 50+ are at various stages of treatment currently. 530+ cases are under high risk category, requiring constant follow up.
Methodology and infrastructure
Udhavum Ullangal has established a subsidiary unit, “Nellai Cancer Care Centre” with the following infrastructure:
Udhavum Ullangal has established a network of NGOs, using which it accesses and conducts screening camps in rural areas of Tirunelveli district, primarily and also in adjacent areas. Both awareness creation and screening take place in the camps for oral, breast and cervical cancers (by clinical examination and also through lab studies using VIA / VLI & Pap smear tests). Identified potential cases are subsequently invited to the consulting centre for further investigation. Subsequently Udhavum Ullangal guides and supports those having cancer abnormalities for further treatment. Udhavum Ullangal also extends its support to those already diagnosed with cancer and undergoing treatment, by way of further diagnosis and better treatment.
A new initiative of Udhavum Ullangal is to provide Palliative Care, to those who are terminally ill and suffering from cancer. This care, as we are aware, is in great demand among the poor and rural population, but the supply / provider of such care is less and rare in government and private sector.
Near Term Plan
Long Term Plan
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