World Cancer Day
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, accounting for 6 million deaths in 2008. Of these, 70% deaths occurred in low and middle income countries. In India alone, over 350,000 people die of cancer every year. With an aim to promote ways to ease the global burden of cancer and to improve the quality of life of cancer patients, 4th February is observed as World Cancer Day by the International Union Against Cancer with support from the World Health Organisation.
Cancer can be caused by many factors including tobacco use, certain viral and bacterial infections and exposure to toxins. Being exposed to harmful environmental conditions on a daily basis along with the additional risks of a poor immune system resulting from inadequate nutrition has made individuals in slum communities become vulnerable to cancer. Asha, through various initiatives, had been working to raise awareness about cancer in the slums of Delhi.
Under our Healthcare Programme, regular sessions are organised by the Asha staff and CHVs to educate the slum women about the various types of cancer, its causes and preventive measures that can be adopted to protect their families. In addition to this, the Asha’s children’s groups, who are educated on the ill-effects of tobacco and alcohol, organise anti-tobacco rallies to spread awareness about its harmful effects.
Asha does its utmost to educate the people from the slums on health and hygiene while also providing highly subsidized healthcare to these communities. In this time of financial difficulties that Asha is facing, we encourage you to support our healthcare activities so that we can continue with our work in the slums.