New Delhi: Cancer Screening Camps were held on 9 September 2016 at the Indra Kalyan Vihar, Okhla for women and children and on 18 October 2016 at the Abul Fazal Enclave.

Mumbai: A Clown Show was organised for childhood cancer patients at the Radio Club Mumbai on 17 September. Rupesh Tulli and his group presented stories of the 'Panchatantra' through a song, dance, music and mime act. The event was sponsored by the Rotary Club and Inner Wheel Club of Mumbai.


CPAA's Rose Day: Twenty two years ago CPAA initiated a patient-outreach program called Rose Day on September 22. It was a simple gesture to reach out and say you care and light up someone's life with a simple rose. Today Rose Day is a month long celebration for patients and their care-givers. Celebrities join CPAA in making this day a memorable one. Rose Day creates a platform for supporters to connect with our cause while bringing magic moments for patients through song, dance and flowers; and at the bottom of all this is the goodwill of common people, ready to give of themselves. Variety entertainment programmes with special performances by acclaimed artists were held at the following hospitals and medical institutes across the cities of Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune at: ACTREC, AIIMS New Delhi, Asha Cancer Hospital, Balabhai Nanavati, Bharti Hospital and Research Center, Boman Dhabur, Cama Hospital, Cipla Palliative Centre, Command Hospital, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Dr. Tilak Hospital, Garib Nawaz, Indrayani Hospital, Inlaks and Buddhrani Hospital, Jehangir Hospital, KEM Hospital, Mhaskar Hospital, Masina Hospital, Nair Hospital, Nana Palkar Dharamshala, Noble Hopsital, Noori Baug, Parsi General Hospital, Prince Ali Khan Hospital, Ruby Hall Hospital, Shanti Avedna Sadan, Sahyadri Hospital, Sasson Hospital, Sion Hospital, St. Judes Center, Tata Memorial Hospital, B J Wadia Hospital and CPAA's Rehabilitation Centre. Goody-bags filled with gifts and utility items were distributed to all the patients. A special mention to little angels of the Ranina Nursery in Mumbai who raised Rs 29,000 through Rose Day cards. Kudos to their principal Geeta Saroop for guiding them towards this noble endeavour. Rose Day Photo Gallery >>

Mumbai: The Rotary Club of Bombay supported CPAA's awareness and cancer screening camps at Municipal schools at Parel and Colaba on 13 and 20 October for 200 teachers and parents.

Mumbai: A Psycho Oncology Volunteer training workshop was conducted for students doing their Post graduate Diploma in counselling at the SIES Institute of Comprehensive Education at Sion, from 25 - 27 October.

New Delhi: Global Health Strategies (GHS) is a International organisation that uses advocacy and communications strategies to address health issues that disproportionately impact developing nations and emerging market. GHS organised a High-level Convening on Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control (CCPC) entitled 'Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control in India and Beyond: A Comprehensive Approach Towards Elimination', in partnership with several Indian and International partners working on cervical cancer, including Women Deliver, the American Cancer Society, Union for International Cancer Control, and Merck with the Ministry of Health and Indian Council of Medical Research as the technical lead. CPAA was invited as one of partner NGOs. The meeting brought together country representatives and global experts to exchange best practices and chart out possible next steps to reduce the burden of cervical cancer in India. The ICMR is to take the lead in the development of a roadmap on Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control in India, based on discussions at the meeting and present it to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and stakeholders for their due consideration. The meeting took place from 16 -18 October, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency, New Delhi. The objectives of the convening were to: understand other country experiences in addressing CCPC; learn about the status and challenges faced in addressing CCPC in India; and consider appropriate strategies for introducing a comprehensive approach towards Cervical Cancer in India. Mr Y K Sapru, Founder Chairman and CEO of Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) was conferred an award in appreciation of his inspiring and enduring commitment against the fight against cervical cancer by Global Health Strategies, American Cancer Society and Women Deliver at the inaugural ceremony on 16 October 2016. Dr Dhananjaya Saranath, Member Secretary, Scientific Committee, CPAA was invited to be a part of the panel discussion on the topic 'Availability, Accessibility and Affordability of treatment'. Mrs Rekha Sapru, Honorary Joint Secretary; Mrs Kiran Hukku, Director CPAA New Delhi branch and Mrs Neeta More, Executive Director also participated in the conference.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

Mumbai: The Nag foundation and Women's Cancer initiative hosted the 5th Breast Cancer Survivors conference in Pune on 17 and 18 October. Over 500 women survivors, NGOs, doctors, technicians and representatives of government bodies attended. As a part of the conference outcomes, a panel discussion to plan an advocacy campaign was organised. CPAA's Piali Syam spoke on issues involved and presented a blueprint for going forward. Dr Shubha Maudgal, Executive Director CPAA participated in the panel discussion thereafter.

Mumbai: Renee Melek Hair Salon observed Breast Cancer Awareness month at their Salon in Mumbai, in a unique way. From 24 - 29 October they offered makeovers for Breast Cancer Survivors and Patients, complimentary Salon Hair treatment service accompanied by a complimentary 'Pink' Frappuccinos courtesy Starbucks India. On Special Sale were pink nails and pink clip-on hair extensions, pink drinks with pink cookies and pink edged Tote Bags made by cancer patients at CPAA. Proceeds from the sale were donated to CPAA.

New Delhi: Breast Cancer awareness lecture was held on 3 October at Jija Bai Women College for over 130 students and teachers by Dr Deepali Kapoor. Breast Cancer awareness programme was held for the employees of Fireball Securitas Company by Dr Sapna Manocha with special emphasis on facts and information of breast and cervical cancer. Over 150 students and teachers of NDMC Women Technical Institute attended CPAA's awareness programme on breast and cervical cancer by Dr Deepali Kapoor on 17 October. This lecture for the young generation was extremely interactive as well as informative.

Pune: A breast cancer screening camp was organised for the housekeeping staff of Victorious Kidss Educares on 18 October by Dr. Shekhar Kulkarni's team. A few follow-ups were recommended.

Diwali celebrations:
New Delhi: Diwali was celebrated at Rajghriya Dharamshala (AIIMS) on 28 October with the in-house patients and their families. The 'Laxmi pooja' was followed festivities and distribution of sweet meats.

Pune: Club Oasis, Pune welcomed our patients and their care givers for a special Diwali party on 26 October. All of them displayed their artistic side by making colourful lanterns with art material sponsored by Pidilite. The delicious lunch and Diwali treats sponsored by Gits kept them in good spirits.
Global Day of Giving was observed on 29 September at Sai Sadan (AIIMS). A drawing competition followed by clay modeling and tambola was organised for the 30 in-house childhood cancer patients and their attendants. This activity was sponsored by XL Catlin Company of Gurgaon.

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