ELIMINATE CERVICAL CANCER IN INDIA:
Project initiated in 2018 by Dr Dhananjaya Saranath with a focus on a triple strategy of awareness, prevention and early detection.
The high incidence of 1,23,907 new cervical cancers diagnosed annually in Indian women contributes significantly to the global burden of cervical cancers. CPAA has initiated several free / subsidised lectures, camps and clinics towards this goal for marginalised socio-economic communities especially in the rural and interior areas in collaboration with local government bodies, and with generous sponsorships from corporate groups. CPAA recognises that Cervical Cancer is preventable through HPV Vaccination and can be detected early through HPV screening resulting in better prognosis and high rate of cure. To date, CPAA has successfully promoted Cervical Cancer Awareness to over 30,000 people, provided free HPV screening for over 10,000 individuals and provided HPV vaccination to 12,500 eligible girls and women.
FOOD RELIEF FUND:
To create awareness and education about the importance of nutritious diet through nutritional food for cancer patients, thereby supporting recovery and keeping a healthy immune system while undergoing treatment of cancer.
High protein nutrition kits are provided to registered patients. Additionally, awareness about nutritional value of the kit and methods of using these in day-to-day diet for patients was also given along-with recipes for daily cooking. Awareness sessions conducted for patients by certified dieticians in the hospitals as well as CPAA’s Cancer Management Center. In collaboration with Hindustan Unilever Ltd, CPAA has provided 900 nutritional kits to cancer patients. Anupam Kher Foundation joined hands with CPAA in this endeavour and also provide healthy meals for outstation cancer patients & their families residing at subsidised shelters while undergoing cancer treatments . Shri Anupam Kher himself visited CPAA’s Cancer Management Center at Mahalaxmi Mumbai to initiate this program and participated in distributing food grains. CPAA continues to stay committed to support patients battling the two big Cs, Cancer and Covid-19.
HEALING WITH A HEART:
To provide financial support for treatment of head and neck cancers (one of the most common cancers in India that has high cure rates if treated in time)
Patients are identified and registered for this program from across the country through our extensive network of doctors and hospitals. Financial aid is provided for treatment, most commonly, surgery and radiotherapy. The patient is provided with a voice box for speech if required and sessions are held with speech therapist ensuring that patient learns to speak again with the help of this new prosthesis and can get back to living his life normally. This enables most patients to get back into work force and live a life of dignity and respect. In collaboration with Sanofi India Ltd, CPAA has supported 104 cancer patients so far with aid to the tune Rs. 1.06 CR.
Art-based therapy workshops for children conquering cancer
These workshops conducted by the team of Opposable Thumb are supported by Sharada and Ashok Sarnaik Endowment Fund. 5 sessions were conducted for 54 childhood cancer patients at Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital, Mumbai and King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEM) Mumbai with the support of Dr Sangeeta Mudaliar and Dr Chandrakala and their respective teams. These sessions are conducted while patients are waiting for their turn to treatment in OPD’s of general hospital. The sessions bring cheer and happiness for the patients and involves the children in activities that they enjoy- like craft , dancing, clay work and often just some games.
Dance workshops for childhood cancer patients by Bollywood choreographer Feroz Khan
CPAA and Bollywood choreographer Feroz Khan joined hands to host a first of its kind series of 7 virtual dance workshops for 125 childhood cancer patients across the country. These provided unparalleled moments of joy to childhood and their parents as they learnt a new craft while taking a break from their ongoing treatment. Being virtual, the participants – who are essentially immune compromised due to cancer treatment, were able to participate without increasing their risk to infection – particularly COVID.