Reach to Recovery Workshop: The first of its kind in India, CPAA was proud to collaborate with the International Union against Cancer (UICC) and Prashanti Cancer Care Mission, Pune to conduct an International Reach to Recovery (RTR) workshop in Mumbai. Ranjit Kaur, Immediate Past President of Reach to Recovery International (RRI), coordinator for the Asian region, and member of the Board of Directors of the UICC traveled from Malaysia to facilitate the programme.
This 3-day workshop was held at Nalanda Learning Centre at the Times of India Building from 15-17 Nov 2008. 24 participants representing NGOs from New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Bhandara and Mumbai, viz, Mastectomees (MIA), TMH, VCare, ICS, Prince Aly Khan, Helping Hand, Aastha Support Group, Sakhi Support Group, Prashanti Cancer care Mission, Shri Swami Pratishtan, Hitaishini and Can Support attended. The aim of this event was to enable women with breast cancer to receive psychosocial support using the Reach to Recovery concept and principles from trained breast cancer survivors. The workshop focused on developing RTR programmes in the community, teaching counseling principles and coping strategies and then identifying and using different modes of supportive care programmes. The group continues to follow-up and is working on compiling a brochure of Breast cancer information which will be distributed to all the patients hence forth.
Esteemed doctors from the field of Breast Oncology took the podium to speak about topics ranging from the basics of Breast Cancer, pathology, epidemiology, treatment options, current research and palliative care. Guest speakers included Dr Duru Shah, Dr R.A. Badwe and Dr Zulica Baretto. The Chief Guest of the event was the elegant Mrs. Esther Daswani. Being a cervical cancer survivor herself, she was able to share her experiences and positive approach to the dreaded world of Cancer. At the end of the workshop, she handed out the certificates to all the participants of this workshop.
The workshop was also the platform for the launch of the book 'Journey Through Breast Cancer' authored by Jayashree Thatte Bhat, PhD . The book released by Mrs. Daswani, focuses on breast cancer research data collected from patients of RRI, Canada. (Click to read Times of India article)
Children's Day 2008:
On the 13th of November, childhood cancer patients were taken to
Bowling Company, Phoenix Mills for a fun filled afternoon at the bowling
alley, playing on video games, snacks and gifts. The presence of stars like Dia
Mirza, Shiney Ahuja and singer Akriti Kakkar made their day.
On the 14th November, young cancer patients participated with children of MIG Club members in a drawing competition on the harms of tobacco. The judges Aditi Dandekar from Camlin and renowned artists Brinda Chudasama Miller and Subhash Awchat, had a hard time deciding who should get prizes. Ex-Miss World, Diana Hayden, fresh out of the Big Boss House distributed the prizes including one to a patient.
Another Childrens' Day programme was organised at the State Bank of India's local head office. It was a fun filled afternoon with a magic show, games, music and food for the patients. Mrs. Jyoti Bhatt, President (SBI Ladies Club) along with other members distributed blankets and gifts to the patients. She also adopted two patients under the Adopt-a-cancer patient scheme.
As a part of Community Day, Citibank organised an evening full of entertainment and fun for children affected with cancer at the CPAA. It started off with a dance with the kids which was led by a specially trained movement therapist, Dilshad Patel, who has earlier worked with kids with special needs. The children truly had great time and showed wonderful talent in dancing .This was followed by a juggling and a magic show. The occasion was graced by senior executives of Citibank, including their CEO, Sanjay Nayar.
Council for International Fellowship (CIF): CPAA’s Iva Athavia, Secretary of CIF, organised and hosted their annual exchange programme in India. Trained social workers, youth leaders and special educators came together to participate and learnt from the orientation and exposure to the Indian scenario. The programme was conducted from 5th November to 10th December 2008 with seven participants from Sweden, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Austria and New Zealand. The programme includes an initial introduction to the Indian socio political scenario; host family living to provide an Indian social, cultural and religious experience; placement at different agencies focusing on their area of work; a rural camp to understand developmental concerns in rural areas; and an evaluation and valedictory function.
PATIENT CARE DEPARTMENT REPORT: NOVEMBER 2008
Children’s Day: All the children at the AIIMS Pediatric ward enthusiastically celebrated Children’s Day. One of the boys dressed up like a clown and distributed sweets and gifts to the children admitted in the ward. All the children were thrilled to see him and had lots of fun.
Breast Cancer Awareness Camp: An awareness lecture on Breast Cancer was organized for the female employees of Fed Express on the 20th Nov. Dr. Puneet Gupta from Apollo Hospital conducted the lecture which was highly appreciated and found very informative by the participants.
Early Detection Camp: An early detection camp was organized on the 24th Nov at the Harijan Basti, Ambedkar Nagar, Noida in collaboration with the Lioness Club. Over a 100 people attended the camp.
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