BHEL & CanKids in CSR Partnership for Cancer Care for Children from 117 Aspirational Districts – The CSR Journal BHEL announced a CSR Partnership with National Society for Childhood Cancer CanKids Kidscan for children from 117 Aspirational Districts
India is responsible for more than 25% of the world’s childhood cancers. Yet we have a Bad Access2Care ratio. Less than 34% of children reach a cancer center. The top 10 centers see no more than 13% to 15% of children. For this reason, survival rates are less than 20%. Launched in 2018, the WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer (GICC) aims to have LMICs such as India achieve at least a 60% survival rate for children with cancer by 2030, saving another million lives. To achieve 60% survival, India would need 100% Access2Care. Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL), a government-owned engineering and manufacturing company of India’s largest power generation equipment, announced a CSR partnership with the National Society for Childhood Cancer CanKids Kidscan to access care for children from 117 ambitious districts of India as according to the Aspirational District Program. There are many barriers and obstacles in Access2care from these 117 districts such as distance to care centers, knowledge gap among health and community health workers, social stigma, lack of other support services, inaccessible information at treatment center, poor public infrastructure etc. These 117 Aspirational Districts fall within the Cankids 15 Change for Childhood Cancer In India State Projects, which aim to work with state governments and relevant stakeholders to ensure that families have the best access to care – through the right knowledge of where to go, timely diagnosis and treatment, shared care and continuity of care. Cankids has currently signed MoUs as knowledge and technical partners for childhood cancer with 3 state governments – Punjab, Maharashtra and West Bengal.
For this pan-Indian project, BHEL has put forward to use its CSR fund to help children with cancer from the 117 most deprived areas of development and thus make its own contribution to this important government program. In the last two quarters (April-June and July-September of this year), 345 children have been supported under this project. Cankids contacted 15 state governments and the NITI Aayog. In September – during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – they organized car gatherings in 12 districts of 6 states including Punjab (Moga & Ferozpur), Uttar Pradesh (Bahraich & Balrampur), West Bengal (Birbhum & Nadia), Bihar (Gaya, Vaishali & Muzaffarpur), Tamil Nadu (Virudhunagar & Ramanathapurãm) and Gujarat (Dohad). The rally teams were led by childhood cancer survivors. said dr. Nalin Shinghal, CMD, BHEL, “CanKids is providing yeoman service to cancer-affected children and encompassing the entire spectrum of childhood cancer care. Together with them, we at BHEL hope that this Access2Care project for childhood cancer from these 117 districts will grow into a best practice patient-centered success story in healthcare.” Mukul Marwah, Vice-Chairman Cankids Kidscan, said: “The Access2Care model underpinning the state projects involves defining and agreeing a 4-tier network of shared care so that governments, hospitals, health professionals, social support teams and civil society organizations like ours are able to provide proper patient navigation and support to every family of a child with cancer.” Previous ArticleFive Oil and Gas Companies in India Taking CSR SeriouslyNext ArticleToyota Kirloskar Motor achieves 100% carbon neutrality in renewable energy
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