Project Aastha: A vaccination drive against HPV for a future free of cervical cancer
Introduction: Cervical Cancer remains one of the most common cancers and cause of cancer related deaths in women across the globe. In the next decade annual no. of new cases is expected to increase from 570000 to700000. More than 85% are young poor undereducated women from low and middle income countries. During the same time annual no. of deaths will increase from 311000 to 400000 .The huge burden of cervical cancer related mortality is due to decades of neglect by Global health community. However with an ambitious and inclusive strategy we can accelerate elimination of cervical cancer. The script can be rewritten with Rotary and public Health collaboration as we did for polio and repeat the Rotary success story of world free from cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer is one cancer in the world which can actually be eliminated and it is time now. A global movement to eliminate cervical cancer driven by “Call to Action” campaign of WHO has gained momentum with launch of Project Aastha : A vaccination drive against HPV for a future free of cervical cancer. It is pertinent to mention here that the cervical cancer in 2nd major cause of death amongst women &is 100% preventable with HPV vaccine. While we waited for covid vaccine to shield us from the pandemic which was still in trial stage having queries about duration and efficacy and here we are, still pondering over use of vaccine that is 100% efficacious with lifelong effectiveness
Methodology : Target group Where in girls 9-15 years from Govt. School coming from EWS families are provided HPV Vaccine free of cost, their mothers are screened & health education seminars are organized to spread awareness about prevention and management simultaneously. To seize the opportunity of reaching out to girls and leave behind a legacy of future free of cervical cancer, Govt Senior secondary schools in Rural Panchkula were identified for seminar on MHH and engage and empower girls and their mother’s for their own health.
Budget /Funding: The first 100 girls from GSS Rattewali received their first dose in February and second in March. The estimated budget was Rs 400,000. We organized fund raisers such as crowd funding ,Womania a shopping street and collaborative partnership with NGO such as Sahayata Cancer Society Chandigarh, Innerwheel Panchkula ,CSR from Tata and other philanthropic organizations who contribute for cause of Cervical cancer.
Impact : To broaden our impact & collective resolve to end needless suffering of women from cervical cancer, Project Aastha aims to vaccinate 1000 girls every year. The annual estimated budget is Rs. 40 lacs /year.
The Global Grant with Dist. 7540 came through for 90000$ and our aim is to vaccinate 1000 girls in 20-21 and continue to stretch our efforts for harnessing and fuelling activities to implement this change every year.
Through our Public image efforts our voice is reaching another 100,000 girls from schools and colleges with social media, YouTube, print and Radio media for those who can afford vaccination and strengthen our campaign.
Paul P Haris once Said- Rotary Changes us and the people we serve. I believe we can change the world one life at a time.
Happy School at Peermuchalla
Our best project of the year is a sequel to the Prime Project of the year 2018-19 which we had successfully completed in that year. Our club had taken up the renovation and extension of building at Govt. Primary School Peermuchalla which lacked even the basic needs of clean toilets and the school boundary wall. We added two classrooms, kitchen, toilets and also renovated the existing class rooms at a total cost of Rs.21 lacs from the CSR funds, members donations, and district global grants funds.
In July 2020, while thanking the club team for its previous efforts informed us that because of the improvements of the school’s infrastructure the total children enrolled in the school in March 2020 had gone up from 135 to 330. She requested us to add more class rooms additional toilets and some more facilities to meet the needs of students who had more than doubled.
We took up the construction work in Sept. 2020, built up two new classrooms, one staff room and a store room and additional verandas all fitted with lights fans and anti-skid floor tiles. Total covered area is 2000 sqft. Both the class rooms are fitted with beautiful colored benches and black boards. In addition to this two additional toilets, kitchen attached to the Chowkidar’s room have been constructed. The height of the school boundary wall has been further raised to avoid miscreants and enhance safety.
A multipurpose shed measuring 2000sqft has also been built where the children can have their midday meal and also the school assembly and functions can be organized. The open yard measuring 1200sqft is fully covered with pavement tiles. Care has been taken to ensure that the entire area is nice and clean. To make it more beautiful and eco-friendly we plan to plant a few trees after the first shower of the season.
The total Project cost in the year 2020-21 is Rs 28 Lacs including the funds from CSR, Member Donations and from contributions from our Partner Clubs in USA.
Kidney Care Project
The Kidney Care Project of Rotary Chandigarh Midtown began with the inauguration of the Dialysis Machine donation to Sri Guru Granth Sahib Sewa Society at the Dialysis Centre in Sector 52, Chandigarh (Gurdwara Gobindsar compound).
The cost of the machine is Rs 6.25 lakh for which major funding has been received from M/s Aakar Creations (Anuj Diwan and Neeraj Diwan).
The Centre has been running dialysis services and with support from Rotary Chandigarh Midtown would be enhancing the capacity of the centre for the benefits of patients suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) requiring dialysis and for whom the treatment cost is also out of reach.
The inauguration was held on 11th June, 2021 with participation of members and the club has a proposal to add more machines in the future.
o tackle the water challenge and reduce dependence on ground water, a Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) structure has been set up up at the Dev Samaj College for Women in Sector 45. The project was conceived and executed by Chair Environment – Rtn Shashi Jain and helps the club to align with the National Water Mission’s campaign of “Catch The Rain – where it falls, when it falls”. The site was inaugurated and opened for use on 8th June, 2021.
Oxygen on Wheels
Oxygen on Wheels, An initiative to reach public during the current pandemic and address the current crisis, Rotary Chandigarh Midtown in association with Be sure Buddy Cabs and Haryana State Legal Services Authority (HALSA) inaugurated Oxygen on Wheels from the Administrative Building of HALSA, Sector 14, Chandigarh.
COVID RASOI was launched on 13th May, 2021, by Rotary Club Chandigarh Midtown along with Rotaract Club Samaritans with the aim to provide free meals to the distressed families and patients who have tested Covid+ve. This provision is being made to those living in Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula and Zirakpur.
The “Robins” from the Robin Hood Army have helped with coordination and delivery of these meals 24/7, to the doorstep of the patients. Almost 2000 meals have been served to the distressed families through this initiative by reaching the maximum number of people affected. Orders are being taken through messages or WhatsApp calls on showing the Covid+ve report.
Covid Care is an initiative by Rotary Club Chandigarh Midtown along with Rotaract Club Samaritans under which we are providing essential items like Masks, Oximeters, thermometers, spirometers, PPE kits etc at subsidised rates. This was launched on 16th May and we’ve delivered aprx 400 orders in different states and cities.
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Ashtami was celebrated with children of Samarpan at Majri Chowk, Panchkula. PP Dr. Rita Kalra with her colleagues and PE Rtn. Salil Chopra were present to serve the children poori, aaloo channa and halwa. Nearly 150 children and some mothers were present. Birthdays of R‟Ann Sandhya Khandelia and PP Rtn. Kanan Diwan was celebrated. Greeting cards were presented to doctors who spoke on social gathering norms and precautions, which was duly observed by all present.