Looking for a unique holiday gift? Breast cancer screenings in Nepal.
Sure we have flaws in our health care system. But imagine being diagnosed with cancer in a country where even the most basic health care services are hard to find?
Today we’re featuring a guest post by Mandy Machado with the International International Network for Cancer Research and Treatment (INCTR). The non-governmental organization focuses on cancer control in developing countries. If you’re thinking of ways to give back during the holiday season, this is one to consider:
Many cancer patients in developing countries present at a far advanced stage, when it’s often too late to save their lives. Poverty, gender inequality, lack of education and health services are just a few reasons why very few women are screened in resource-limited nations. In Nepal, this problem is compounded by geographical isolation in rural areas.
To reach out to rural communities in the Kathmandu valley, INCTR Nepalese Branch organizes camps where women are screened for cervical and breast cancer. We provide results and necessary medications on the spot, and refer patients with positive screening results for follow-up. INCTR also provides self-examination workshops and cancer education sessions to local communities.
Our Nepalese colleagues told us many women were happy to find that both the screening and medication were free of cost, as they would not have been able to afford them otherwise.
NNCTR/INCTR Nepal was recently selected by the GlobalGiving Foundation to participate in its Open Challenge, a fundraising opportunity for non-profit organizations that are doing work that has impact around the world.
To succeed, we need to raise $5,000 before December 22, 2010 in order to screen 500 women for the two most common women’s cancers in Nepal. As little as $10 will provide cervical and breast cancer screening for one Nepali woman. This challenge is a “premiere” for us, and we hope that it will become a beautiful Christmas story thanks to people like Tami.
We also need your help spreading the word! Please share this opportunity with your colleagues, friends and family by forwarding them this message, sharing the above link on your blogs or social networks, using the tell-a-friend feature on the project page to email your network, or just bringing us up in conversation.