SCREENING OF BREAST CANCER IN DANG TRIBAL BELT
- 40,000 women were screened for Breast Cancer
- 5000 sarees distributed just to bring to the centres reluctant women who did not want to be screened.
- 11 Centres were set up for the screening
- Doctors and Nurses from local health facilities were involved
- Volunteers from Anganwadi and Local Government Hospital were trained to perform the tests in the interior villages of the tribal belt.
Came October 2013 and Hearts@work foundation, once again due to its dedication towards human welfare once again created a world record. It was in Ahwa – Dang tribal belt. It is declared the poorest tribal belt in India even by WHO and UNICEF. The people have a lot of issues here and hence, they overlook their health issues, mainly Cancer.
Though Cancer is a fatal disease, if detected early is curable. With this in hearts, Hearts@work foundation (A CSR initiative of Zenitex) organized a mega screening drive across the region. A team of 40 doctors, 150 nurses and 100 volunteers apart from the local volunteers of Asha Workers and Angan Wadi Volunteers participated in this drive. A whopping 40,000 females were screened in the whole campaign. 5000 sarees were distributed just to lure those females who were reluctant to come for a check-up for social or other reasons. This camp is the only world record camp for Screening of Breast Cancer in the whole World.
Etched in Memory #1
We cannot forget those faces of poverty, the land where there was scarcity of everything. Scarcity of food; no electricity; no education; poor health care facilities; no proper clothes to cover their bodies. We were shocked and still when we remember those moments we get stunned.
Etched in Memory #2
The facilities were so poor, that when Dr. Ravi Raj, our Head Onco Surgeon wanted to train the volunteers they did not even have a check-up room. They just stood in a hall. It was a sight to remember, when the women present there made a close circle within which the doctor sat and provided the training to the volunteers. The place lacked even the basic facilities.