You can help a poor child with cancer get the treatment they need
When Sandip was 8 years old, he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system.
His father had passed away and the only breadwinner of the family was his mother. She worked as a daily wage labourer on a farm. Her earning was not even enough to scrape together food for both of them.
The doctors said that Sandip could make a complete recovery. But there was no way for his mother to put together the money for his treatment. She was utterly devasted at the thought that she might lose her only ray of hope because she could not afford to pay for his treatment.
Charutar Arogya Mandal discovered her case and took full responsibility of Sandip’s treatment. They paid for his radiation and chemotherapy until he was completely cured. Sandip and his mother now have a future to look forward to all thanks to the donors who helped them.
Donate now to help an underprivileged child like Sandip fight cancer. You can give with confidence because every program on our platform is GIVEASSURED. Your donation will pay for the child’s treatment.
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You will be sponsoring the benefits for different beneficiaries every month
What the beneficiary gets
The cancer center at Shree Krishna Hospital, managed by Charutar Arogya Mandal treats patients from weaker economic groups who cannot afford the treatment. Background checks and home visits are conducted to determine the socioeconomic condition of the patient to ensure that the patients in need are getting the aid.
Each patient goes through recommended sessions of radiation therapy which can go up to 25 sessions per patient. The Center offers a state- of- the- art multidisciplinary cancer care at affordable or no cost. With a range of experienced and compassionate experts in Cancer, it has evolved as a shelter for the needy patients.
Several types of cancer in children have survival rates of around 80% with proper treatment and Charutar Arogya Mandal strives to help as many patients as they can. Patients like Sandip need your help, donate to the program and help save a patient battling with cancer.
Charutar Arogya Mandal
5 October, 2021
Help a poor cancer patient Ramanbhai Dabhi with radiation therapy
Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months
Our 18 year old Cancer Centre is equipped with 2 Linear Accelerators with Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) capability for radiation therapy, Brachytherapy, Bone marrow transplant and a Daycare Centre for chemotherapy treatment. To enhance diagnostic capabilities, a 3 Tesla MRI machine was installed in May 2018, which enables early detection of tumours, stones and their growths.The old Brachytherapy machine was replaced by a new one in August 2020. Even during the COVID-19 Pandemic our Hospital and its Cancer centre, Cardiac centre, Dialysis Centre and Emergency OPDs were kept open for the patients. Our Cancer Centre is registered on the National Cancer Grid, which is a distinction and a recognition of the extensive work being done at the Centre. Areas Covered:Mainly the Anand and Kheda districts of Gujarat which are tobacco producing areas. However Cancer patients from other districts of the state as well as neighbouring states such as Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra also come to the Hospital for treatment. Tobacco is not only produced in this region in large quantities, but is also consumed through various means in large quantities. Under our Extension services, 150 villages of Anand, Kheda and Panchmahal districts are covered for non communicable diseases, wherein village health workers reach out to the last mile for early detection of the diseases including cancer, so that the disease can be cured/treated before it spreads further and becomes fatal. Shree Krishna Hospital serves as the tertiary treatment unit for the purpose. Last year, the Cancer Centre of Shree Krishna Hospital had 36,097 admissions out of which around 3,200 patients required Chemotherapy cycles and 4,000 patients were put on Radiation therapy and 545 onco-surgery of which 2,200 are new patients. Considering a 5 member family unit and half of the cases requiring both Chemotherapy and radiation therapy, the Cancer treatment could be considered to have impacted over 20,000 people as a whole. Several of these patients have gone back treated. The recovery from such a dreaded disease like cancer is like re-birth. This provides a great relief to the family members, at time saving the life of the sole bread-winner of the family and a rebirth for the patient.
Challenges faced and next steps
The COVID-19 pandemic has spread across countries, infecting thousands of people and has resulted in over 44,63,845 deaths worldwide, with 4,36,365 deaths in India as on date. Shree Krishna Hospital, being the largest charitable private Hospital in the region between Ahmedabad and Vadodara, was identified as a 'Designated COVID-19 District Hospital' for treatment of COVID-19 cases. The 120 ICU bed Waymade Critical Care Centre was initially dedicated for COVID treatment. In the 1st Surge, as we began getting more patients, we kept on expanding the COVID treatment infrastructure, finally reaching a total of 280 beds in different categories equipped with patient Monitoring and treatment facility, including the step-down beds. The 2nd surge was more vicious then the first one, in terms of intensity and spread. For over a month, there was rush of incoming patients from across the state and elsewhere as other Hospitals were full and refused to accept any more patients. As the number of patients increased, we opened new wards by modifying our existing ones, while at the same time preparing more areas in case required. At one stage, the Hospital had a total of 600 admitted COVID patients with over 100 of them on Ventilator support and most of them on Oxygen supplementation. Our Emergency wing was transformed into a 30-bed ICU. As ambulances lines up with patients waiting to be admitted, we set up a 50 bed Field Hospital with doctors & nurses working round the clock, free food for patients, volunteers from a local NGO providing Oxygen cylinders and thereby ensured that no patient was ever turned away. By now the Hospital has successfully tackled two surges of the Corona infections, treated over 9000 patients. It may be appreciated that what we could achieve was through the dedication and commitment of our team alongwith with substantial donor support. It is realized that donor support is essential to help us steer through such difficult times when the resources are being stretched. As we prepare for the next Surge, we need to be more prepared than earlier to effectively meet the challenge. The facilities we have so far created would be of immense help in dealing with it. However, we are now working on a multi-pronged strategy to manage the crisis which is likely to last long and keep recurring till the virulence of the virus is diminished.
Stories from the ground
Impact story: A Dabhi family lives in Bagdol village of Kathlal taluka of Kheda district in central Gujarat. Ramanbhai, the head of the family is a 55 year old farmer. His wife Lilaben helps her husband at the farm after completing her household chores. They have two children, Paresh, who studies in the 3rd year of college, while 21 year old Meena helps her mother after competing her 12th class. In February 2021, Ramanbhai noticed that a swelling on his left cheek. He had difficulty in chewing food and suffered an acute pain in the left ear region. He was not able to go to his farm. Due to inadequate food intake, he slowly turned weak. With Ramanbhai in pain and out of work, Lilaben was tense. She convinced him to visit a physician for atleast an examination. The next day, they went to the local doctor, who after basic investigation, advised them to go to Shree Krishna Hospital at Karamsad for a final diagnosis and treatment. At the OPD of the ENT section, the Consultant took the patient's history to understand the problem, meticulously examined the patient and advised Ramanbhai for a biopsy as early as possible. The infection appeared quite severe and wide. Biopsy was carried out. The result came as a bombshell for the family. Ramanbhai was diagnosed as a case of cancer of the buccal mucosa – technically termed as metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of superficial lobe of parotid gland, resulting in tumors on chin, ear and cheek. Lilaben was perturbed and worried – the word Cancer spreads such a dread among the family of the patient, everyone was nervous. The Oncologist explained to them the line of treatment for removing the tumor. The family returned home shocked and sad. They could not understand what just had happened. Moreover, the treatment cost of the surgery and radiation cycle for 6 to 7 weeks was another matter of concern going by what they learnt from neighbours and friends. However, in early March 2021, Ramanbhai underwent a major surgery comprising Left side total Parotidectomy with neck dissection followed by left side parotid region neck exploration under general anesthesia in mid-March. Post surgery, he was placed on ventilator support and high antibiotics support. Setting aside his studies, son Paresh ran errands round the clock to attend to his father, while his sister Meena took charge of the home preparing liquid food for her ailing father. Lilaben had to borrow from relatives for the surgery to supplement her savings to pay for the surgeries. They ran out of funds. The cost of higher antibiotics and radio-therapy treatment was out of their reach. But they also realised that the next phase of treatment was also crucial, as the cancer tumor could spread across the face.When she could bear no more, Lilaben wept in front of the Hospital staff narrating her helplessness and appealing for some relaxation from the Mandal's side. The Mandal staff was well aware of their financial condition .Finally they had respite when the Mandal's decision to provide support in treatment cost to Ramanbhai in the form of concessions backed by potential donors like you was conveyed. The treatment continued without interruption. Ramanbhai has been under treatment nearly for a year at the Cancer Centre. Follow up treatment like dressing and revision of flap reconstructive is planned after completing the radiation cycle.His condition is stable and he is on healthy diet. The family feels highly indebted to all the supporting doctors, Cancer Centre staff and the generous donors who provided strategic support for his treatment.
23 March, 2021
Provide support for the radiation therapy treatment of poor/underprivileged Cancer patients at the Cancer Centre of the Shree Krishna Hospital, Karamsad, Gujarat
Anand and Kheda districts of Gujarat are tobacco producing areas, and as a result, tobacco is not only produced in large quantities, but is also consumed through various means in large quantities. This, together with the fact that cancer is a disease that can be cured if diagnosed early, had prompted Charutar Arogya Mandal to initiate its cancer education, awareness and early detection programmes in over 900 villages in 1999 in collaboration with the Tribhuvandas Foundation, an NGO working in maternal and infant care. The Mandal, through the project period of 10 years, has trained village health workers of Tribhuvandas Foundation in educating the community regarding cancer and benefits of early detection. These workers have also been trained in diagnosing early symptoms of cancer so that they can send those they suspect to Shree Krishna Hospital for further examination. Through its continuing extension activities in over 150 villages of Anand, Kheda and Panchmahal districts under the TATA Trusts sponsored Programme for NCDs, their efforts have continued and have been intensified. When the Project was first launched in 1999, the increasing number of cancer cases being detected led to the realisation that there had to be diagnostic and treatment facilities within the hospital that matched the best in the field. At the time, there was no facility available for treatment of cancer except in Ahmedabad.
Needy and economically less privileged families who are barely able to make the two ends meet with their meagre incomes first draw down their own savings and liquidate assets to meet treatment costs. Borrowings and financial aid from various communities, groups and friends, family and the state would be the next resort. Despite this, many people have to discontinue treatment, unable to bear the financial burden. This puts them through the grappling experience of having to helplessly watch a loved one painfully inch towards death. This is where donors and donor organizations could step in to save a precious life and prevent the family from falling into a abyss of debt which could last for over a generation in some cases.
In the backdrop as explained above, the Mandal established the M.S. Patel Cancer Centre, a state-of-the-art facility with Radiation & Medical Oncology services in the year 2004. The Centre which was funded by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust was started with facilities for radiation and medical oncology, two Linear Accelerator, CT Simulation, 3-D Treatment Planning System, Image Guided Brachytherapy for Radiation and a full fledged Day Care Facility for the Chemotherapy. Since its inauguration by Shri Ratan Tata, the Centre has, over the last 16 years, earned the goodwill not only of the local community but also remote areas of the State.
As a result of increasing workload at the Centre over these years, and in view of the complexities of the cases received, it was necessary to add to the facilities for the radiation oncology. This was achieved with the installation of a new Linear Accelerator received with fund support from the Tata Trusts and having distinct features such as Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT). Considering the growing requirement for Bone Marrow Transplant procedures for blood cancers and other blood disorders such as thalassemia, the Bone Marrow Transplant facility was added in 2015 to the Cancer Centre, completing the array of Oncology services at the Hospital. Taking into account the increased inflow of patients, one more advanced Linear Accelerator was added in 2017. To enhance diagnostic capabilities, a 3 Tesla MRI machine was installed in May 2018, which enables early detection of tumours, stones and growths. The old Brachytherapy machine was replaced by a new one of Varian make in August 2020.
The Centre, with its modern facilities and a compassionate team of clinical and para-clinical staff as well as social workers, is proving to be one of the best options available for the treatment of cancer across the state. The M.S. Patel Cancer Centre is registered on the National Cancer Grid, which is a distinction and a recognition of the extensive work being done at the Centre. Last year, the Centre of the hospital had 36097 admissions out of which around 3200 patients required Chemotherapy cycles and 4000 patients were put on Radiation therapy and 545 onco surgery of which 2200 are new patients.
Though the Centre is functional in the Anand and Kheda districts of Gujarat, it has registered patients not only from various districts of Gujarat but also from other states which include MP, Rajasthan and UP. The Centre has been receiving patients from all strata of society, out of which there are many who would not have pursued the expensive treatment of cancer, had the Mandal and the donors not supported them financially. The Centre, with the most modern technology and a range of experienced and compassionate experts and cancer caregivers has evolved as a shelter to numerous needy victims of the disease.
Patients on Radiation :
Year 2016-17 : 1290
Year 2017-18: 1442
Year 2018-19: 1696
Year 2019-20: 2102
Year 2020-21: 1617 (April'20 to Nov'20)
Charutar Arogya Mandal could treat more such patients and provide more concessions, if there was a source of fund available to fund such concessions. For the poor and needy patients who took treatment at the Cancer Centre during 2019-20 as detailed above, the total deficit towards providing concessional treatment came to Rs 2.72 cr.
To help us partly meet the deficit incurred this year due to concessional treatment at the Cancer Centre of the Hospital.
5 August, 2020
A Ray of Hope
A Ray of Hope
Charutar Arogya Mandal has been managing the 30-bed Sonaba Hospital and Sadaba Prasuti Gruh for over 9 years now. Under the aegis of the Sonaba Hospital Trust, a function was organised on 27th December 2019 to dedicate a Mobile Health Clinic Van. It was donated by Dr Jayantibhai G Patel, in memory of Late Smt. Ramaben Patel for the SPARSH programme which reaches out with health-care solutions, related to non-communicable diseases, to 150 villages of Anand and Kheda districts through various initiatives such as camps, awareness programmes and interactions with students. The Van which is equipped with a fundus camera, Vibrotherm, ECG machine, facilities to check Hb1Ac, medicine dispensing etc. is expected to cover 50 villages
around Sevaliya.This would enable early diagnosis and examination of diabetic patients through village camps.
19 November, 2019
Radiation sessions in progress
Radiation sessions in progress
22 July, 2019
For over 2 years now, in 450 of its beds located in the “Ashirward wards”,
treatment has been made free. Admitted patients have to bear only the cost
of pharmacy and consumables. While undergoing surgery, these patients spend
only half to one third of the amount charged by other private Hospitals.
Our own as well as government schemes are being implemented to provide
succour to needy patients in terms of concession in treatment costs, which
annually amounts to over Rs 26 crores which is supported by generous
contributions from donors. It is only through the constant support and
generosity of donors that we have been able to do the kind of work that
benefits the community at large. We look forward to your continued support.
Story from the field
29 year old Mukeeta belongs Anand. Her husband Yasifbhai is a daily wage worker. Her in-laws stay with them. Though short of economic resources, they are happily married and have three children in their married life of nine years. In winter of 2018 for the last few days Mukeeta had cough and sore throat. She tried home remedies but the coughing continued. Suddenly one day while changing, she noticed a lump omn her left breast. She panicked and her mind wavered with fears of the unforeseen. She spoke to her neighbour friend who advised her to consult a doctor. The lump seemed to enlarge day by day. The skin colour & treatment texture had changed. Examination by the doctor and subsequent biopsy tests revealed that she had breast cancer. The world crashed around her. The oncologist councelled them that regarding the need for surgery, followed by radiation therapy & chemotherapy. She Examined that the estimated cost would br Rs.2 lakhs. Yasifbhai expressed to the doctor his unability to afford the treatment cost. The case was discussed within the Mandal team. Considering their family background, it was decided to treat her at subsidized rates with donor support. She was operated in April 2018. After follow ups radiation therapy & chemotherapy were started in December 2018. She has successfully completed her radiation therapy & chemotherapy. Now she has returned to her routine life with no fear whatsoever. The family is grateful for the support received from the Hospital as well as the donors.
|What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?||237|
|What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date||184|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Karamsad/Anand/Gujarat|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||22500000|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||17419500|
23 May, 2019
- The Foundation Day of the Charutar Argoya Mandal was celebrated on 27th July, 2018 with narratives from patients, doctors, staff and facilitators. Employees who have completed 25 years of service were felicitated. In his address, Shri Sandeep Desai, CEO while thanking donors for their generous support to the Mandal, mentioned that less privileged patients were provided a relief to the extent of 25 percent of the Hospital income, through the various health-care schemes implemented at the Hospital.
- The Foundation Day of the Manibhai Shivabhai Patel Cancer Centre was celebrated on 27th August, 2018. It was attended by cancer patients who shared their success stories and participated in the cultural events. Dr Rushi Panchal summarized the achievements of the Centre over the years and the expertise it offers to patients especially on consistent focussed radiation therapy, and brachytheraphy which makes the Centre unique. Ms Margaretwambu Macharia from Kenya, whose aunt has been flown in from Kenya for treatment appreciated the treatment being provided and the compassionate service by the Cancer Centre team. She also added that the Hospital is a great example of providing affordable quality healthcare to rural people.
Story from the field
Jigneshbhai lives in Vadodara with his monther, wife Hiralben, teenage son Jaymin and daughter Shitiksha. He gets up early in the morning and has to leave home in time to pick up the school children on a door-to-door basis and safely take them to school in the Van which he drives. Hiralben is very supportive as she gets up at 5 o'clock and prepares breakfast. After Jigneshbhai leaves, she gets Shitiksha ready for school. She also has to take care of her old mother-in-law. Jigneshbhai enjoys the company of his friends who are in a similar profession. Because of the monotonous nature of their work, many of them sit and smoke when they meet. That's how Jigneshbhai began smoking. His wife was not very happy to see him smoke and kept advising him to stop. But the addiction was strong so he could not resist the urge. In May 2018, Jigneshbhai had extreme throat pain & had difficulty in swallowing. He felt uneasy & could not focus on his driving. So he took few days leave, took rest at home but the pain continued. They came to Shree Krishna Hospital, Karamsad for medication. The doctor suggested Biopsy. Biopsy reports revealed that he had Cancer of Right PFS & AEF, and his right lung was affected. The Oncologist advised that he must undergo a treatment regime of chemotherapy and regular Radiotherapy. He is presently admitted at Shree Krishna Hospital, Karamsad for treatment and under nasogastric feeding. Since he is the only earning member in the family and earns a very nominal income, further treatment is beyond their means. With tears Hiralben checked with the doctor whether they could get some help. Considering their socioeconomic profile, the Mandal decided to take the responsibility to support Jigneshbhai for his Cancer treatment at subsidized rates with the support from generous donors like you. He is undergoing Radiotherapy cycles and responding well to the treatment. Both Jigneshbhai and his wife Hiralben are thankful to all donors who have contributing towards his treatment.
|What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date||517|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Karamad/Anand/|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||600 lakhs|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||414 lakhs|
13 March, 2018
Healthy initiatives promoted and addressed by Charutar.
Around 2000 residents of Anand, Vidyanagar and Karamsad participated in the third healthy heart Walkathon organized by Charutar Arogya Mandal on the occasion of Bhanubhai and Madhuben Patel Cardiac Centre’s Foundation Day at the Shree Krishna Hospital in October. The purpose behind the walkathon was to create awareness about the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle.
An exclusive library, The Knowledge Centre was built for the students of the Pramukh Swami Medical College and other educational institutions managed by the Mandal. World Diabetes Day was celebrated at Shree Krishna Hospital on 14 November 2017 with the theme 'Woman and Diabetes', on the occasion of which, female employees of the Mandal were addressed on care, treatment and preventive measures for Diabetes.
Six students of the MBBS 2012 batch of the Pramukhswami Medical College got together and donated a wheelchair to the Cancer Centre from their savings, after performing at the annual cultural event of their college on a Cancer related theme, where they used a wheel chair as a prop. When they had clinical postings in the Palliative Care and ICU, they felt this would be the best way to make a difference.