In India, out of all the cancer diagnoses, 22.86 percent are cervical cancer cases. Rural women are at higher risk for undetected cervical cancer because of the stigma that is prevalent in villages about seeking medical help concerning women’s health.
Early detection of cervical cancer among women who are marginalized because of poverty.
Providing required assistance to direct detected cancer cases for further medical or surgical procedures.
Awareness programs about women’s health and wellness.
Education programs to self-identify signs and symptoms for different types of cancers.
Equipment Used in Camps
Liquids used VIA Test
Metrogel, Doxicyclene, Ofloxacin, Clotrimazole, MK Fal(Iron,Zinc,folic acid),Calcium.. etc
Mahila Arogya Vikas started out with door-to door canvassing to bring awareness on health and hygiene in the rural areas. During the process they take survey of the residents in the village explain them about the importance of the health and checkups. women are quite sensitive and are not too open to get their health checked regularly. Volunteers make massive efforts in educating women about the lifestyle choices and how they affect overall health.
Registration sheets are provided to the women to bring to the free camps.
These awareness surveys help the team to plan for the free medical camps with required equipments and medicines. They provide self-help materials, advisory consultations and follow-up support.
Our team of volunteers include Doctors; Para medical staff and support staff. Often, we partner with local doctors, pharmacies to augment our volunteers. We have a defined methodology in conducting the camp. Women, that participated in survey bring their registration sheets, basic examination is followed by colposcopy and VIA tests; Women are shown reports then and there using monitors. Consultation and medicines are provided as required. We handhold them throughout the process– including further diagnosis if required.
HOW WE COLLABORATE
Our Reach is Expanding
Inspired by Swamiji’s vision and approach, the Ministry of Women Development and Child Welfare of Telangana expressed keen interest to collaborate and expand the reach of services provided by MAV. The government passed an order to Anganwadi workers to get trained by MAV team and begin conducting surveys and camps in their respective villages. Anganwadi centers already have an established health care for providing basic health care to the villagers. They will now be equipped with an ability to create awareness in the women about cancer and other abnormalities in a structured environment like any certified health care provider. They play very active role in taking us to the people. Going with them gives confidence for the people of that area to share their health problems openly.
Our collaboration with the local Govt and Private Doctors provides immense support during medical camps; We involve local pharma drug stores to secure medicines and clinical equipment. We work with corporates, Multi-National companies, some business units, project teams participate in conducting camps as part of their outreach / CSR activities.
Contributing to a happy society is what we want to achieve. This is where our organization plays a key role in using digital colposcopes and customizing them for a clear examination of the cervix and detecting abnormal conditions in the early stages.
- Innovation at service
The colposcopes used in cervical screening are now in-house products. This not only reduces cost, but also removes inconvenience for woman being screened, and decreases wait time. The original colposcope costs about 2.5 lakhs, but our team invented a similar colposcope which costs about 60,000, which is not only mobile but has the ability to connect to the laptop. This version of the instrument lets the woman herself take a look at the internal view of the cervix to assess the cleanliness and care of the private areas. The team utilized their experience to the best, and invented another model that brought down the cost to just Rs.6000.
There are now four inlets to let four women look at the computer screen for their report and visible results. Therefore, there is lesser wait time and effective use of technology. We use the saved money for conducting more camps and taking care of lakhs of other women whom we couldn’t reach otherwise!
We step up cancer literacy and knowledge amongst the rural population and help people recognize the early signs and symptoms of cancer, thus enabling them to seek treatment at 30% of cancer cases could be prevented by modifying lifestyle or avoiding the risk factors.
MAV helps low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women gain access to timely breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnostic, and treatment services.
Approach of our volunteers towards cancer screening helped many underprivileged women to step up and talk about their problems. Women are now volunteering to get diagnosed who otherwise were shy and scared to come to camps. They are now facing adapting healthy life style and taking treatments with positive attitude thus saving themselves from the deadly disease, cancer. Free follow ups and medicines are helping the rural and underprivileged women in improving their lives and bringing smile in their families. MAV has increased their reach by conducting 3-5 camps a month to 20-25 camps a month with 150-200 women screened in each camp.