Pfizer stated today that since 2020, it’s funding for Tata Trusts Cancer Care has assisted in enrolling and screening 70,000 patients for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cancer in Jharkhand, Assam, and Andhra Pradesh.
For their Cancer Care Programme, Pfizer collaborated with Tata Trusts’ Special Purpose Vehicle, Alamelu Charitable Foundation (ACF), to assist set up health and wellness kiosks, promoting community screening as well as a virtual patient help desk support, as well as help in the training of ASHA and Anganwadi workers in Diphu and Silchar in Assam, as well as Jharkhand- Ranchi, and Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh.
The following activities are part of the cooperation initiatives currently happening in Ranchi, Jharkhand, Diphu and Silchar, Assam, and Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh:
Health & Wellness Kiosks: Pfizer has kiosks at Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Diphu Medical College & Hospital, Silchar Medical College, and Chandragiri’s Area Hospital. The kiosks aim to educate people on how to lower their danger of cancer and other lifestyle-related diseases. Oral, breast cancer and cervical cancer are all screened for. Counselling sessions are also available to assist smokers in quitting. This counselling is especially important in India, where tobacco smoking is linked to one-third of cancer cases.
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Virtual Patient Helpdesks: These have been established at the Sri Venkateswara Institute of Cancer Care and Advanced Research (SVICCAR) in Tirupati, the State Cancer Institute (SCI) in Assam, and the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi, Jharkhand, to assist patients with non-medical assistance like psycho-social support, financial counselling, and virtual appointment enrollment support.
An on-site certified patient navigator complements the virtual helpdesks.
Community Outreach: In Ranchi, Assam, and Tirupati, screening as well as early identification camps for non – communicable illnesses are held in collaboration with the state National Health Mission. Cancer prevention, lifestyle changes, screenings for cancer, and other non-communicable illnesses are taught to ASHAs and Anganwadi workers. General Practitioners (GPs) and Health Care Partners are trained to recognize cancer signs and provide palliative care as necessary.
Patient Referral & Tracking Platform: It is a web-based tool that tracks and collects demographic and screening data.