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Yellow Pomelo Cancer Screening Camp

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Yellow Pomelo Cancer Screening Camp

  1. 1. Cancer Screening Camp Chataparru, Andhra Pradesh, India Pratik Mulpury Feb 20-21, 2016
  2. 2. Inspiration Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo ● Loss of close family and friends. My neighbor passed away after fighting cancer. My aunt and grand uncle passed away after battling cancer a year ago. ● Rapidly growing epidemic in India. ● Feedback from telemedicine project was to provide cancer screening in rural areas. The need was overwhelming. ● Incredible support from friends and family.
  3. 3. Current Situation Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo ● Around 1.12 Million new cancer cases were detected in India in 2014. ● Around half a million deaths occurred due to cancer in 2014. ● Between 2012 - 2014, cancer deaths increased by 6%. ● Most common male cancer in India is head-neck followed by lung cancer. ● Most common female cancer in India is cervical cancer followed by breast cancer.
  4. 4. Current Situation Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo
  5. 5. Cancer Screening Benefits Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo ● Survival rates improve dramatically when cancer is diagnosed early.
  6. 6. Cancer Screening Project Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo ● Conduct cancer screening camps in rural India with partnership with Basavatarakam Indo-American Cancer Hospital & Research Institute. ● Screening provided at no charge. ● Tests include Mammograms, Ultrasounds, X-rays and Pap tests. ● Raised over $12,000 to fund the project via crowdfunding, email campaigns and corporate matching. ● Initial camp covered 23,000 people in Chataparru and neighboring villages of Andhra Pradesh.
  7. 7. Where is Chataparru? Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo
  8. 8. Why Chataparru? Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo ● Strong family ties - my grandfather’s village. ● Need expressed by local health officials and non-profit organizations. ● Support of family, friends and well wishers.
  9. 9. Challenges Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo ● Lack of awareness. ● Notion that cancer is a rich man’s disease - cure is unaffordable for the poor. ● High screening costs.
  10. 10. Camp in pictures Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo View from the camp...
  11. 11. Camp in pictures Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo Mobile screening unit
  12. 12. Camp in pictures Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo Amazing support from family, friends and government officials including the Member of Parliament, Mr. Maganti Babu
  13. 13. Camp in pictures Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo Kick-off speeches
  14. 14. Camp in pictures Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo Approximately 700 people were screened
  15. 15. Camp in pictures Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo Registration Desk - The majority of attendees were women.
  16. 16. Camp in pictures Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo Blood pressure and weight were checked prior to consultation with doctor
  17. 17. Camp in pictures Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo Doctor examining a patient
  18. 18. Camp in pictures Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo Doctor prescribing medication
  19. 19. Camp in pictures Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo Vitamins and supplements were provided to participants
  20. 20. Camp in pictures Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo Women waiting in queue for consultation
  21. 21. Camp in pictures Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo With Basavatarakam Hospital’s team of doctors, nurses, technicians and volunteers
  22. 22. Camp in pictures Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo With volunteer nurses from local health centers
  23. 23. Camp in pictures Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo More volunteers who helped conduct the camp
  24. 24. What did we accomplish? Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo ● Created awareness around early detection of cancer. ● Screened approximately 700 people. ● Detected cancer in 5 people. ● Two of the patients have already started treatment. Treatment costs are covered entirely by a government sponsored health plan. ● Paved way for future cancer screening camps.
  25. 25. Acknowledgements ● Basavatarakam Indo-American Cancer Hospital & Research Institute. ● Family, friends and well wishers whose overwhelming support of Yellow Pomelo made it possible to conduct the camp at Chataparru, Andhra Pradesh (India). Copyright 2016 © Yellow Pomelo
  26. 26. Questions ● Send email to pratik@yellowpomelo.org ● Visit www.yellowpomelo.org Copyright 2016© Yellow Pomelo

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