Early detection of Cancers (Oral, Breast & Cervical) through Community Level Screening at Kamrup Rural

Introduction:

Piramal Swasthya is a not for profit organization supported by Piramal Foundation and believes in “Democratizing Healthcare” – making Health Care Accessible, Affordable and Available to all segments of the population, especially those who are most Vulnerable. In order to achieve this goal, we leverage cutting edge information and communication technologies to cut costs without compromising quality as well as Public Private Partnerships to scale its solutions throughout India. Our existing collaboration with various Governments, corporates and public-sector divisions is increasing the reach and deepening the traction within communities, thereby impacting beneficiaries on a large scale. We are currently operating in 16 States providing service to more than 9.7 crore beneficiaries across our country. We operate 104 Health Information Helpline Services & MCTS in 9 states such as Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Himachal Pradesh in partnership with state Governments on PPP mode. We also operate 292 Mobile Medical Units for State of Andhra Pradesh & 80 MMUs for State of Assam. Based on the rich experience of Piramal Swasthya in the field of PPP, Government of India has appointed us as an advisor and knowledge partner to the Ministry of Health and Family welfare for planning and roll-out of Remote Health Advisory Services, National Health helpline. Recently, Niti-Aayog and Piramal foundation had signed a statement of intent to Transform 25 Aspirational Districts in Healthcare, Nutrition and Education.

Background

Overview of Health Care System in India

Even after 70 years of independence, the Healthcare system of India is still incapable to serve its own population. According to the KPMG report, the majority of healthcare workforce (80%) and infrastructures (hospitals – 60%, dispensaries – 75%) exist in urban areas serving only 28% of country’s population. Rural areas have always been widely populated but underserved, often making them an initial target to epidemics. In 2016, India spent around 3.66% of GDP on healthcare increasing the out of pocket expenditure of the population. The access to the healthcare is inhibited due to poor governance, regulatory problems and corruption in public health facilities making our country incompetent to achieve a healthy nation. The disparity of healthcare between the urban and rural is due to poor infrastructure, socio-economic issues like poverty, caste, gender and geographical barriers. 

Every 1 in 6 deaths is due to Cancer, making it the second most common cause of death globally. In year 2017, 18.1 million new cancer cases were reported and 9.6 million people died due to it.

Cancer is the abnormal growth of cells. There are more than 100 types of cancer and symptoms vary depending on the type. In India around 2.25 million are living with the disease and around 11 lakh cases are registered as new cases every year. The most common cancer in males is lip, oral cavity cancer and in females is breast cancer followed by cervix cancer. Early diagnosis and treatment of cancer can prevent 30-50% deaths.

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