An NGO launched a State Care Coordination Centre for kids diagnosed with cancer and undergoing treatment.
What’s it about? To mark Childhood Cancer Awareness month, The National Society for Childhood Cancer launched the “Samanvay Kendra” in association with HDFC life, Data Patterns, Access Health Care, and CSR partners. It’ll be a place for the children and their families to stay as they undergo treatment.
- The Centre can house up to 24 families. It has services like a patient navigation facility, psychological and nutrition counselling, and physiotherapy.
- The NGO CanKids is also providing support to parents and their children. It’s partnering with 16 childhood cancer treating hospitals in the state.
Necessity: More than 3,600 children are diagnosed with cancer in the state and Puducherry annually. Only 60% of them have access to any treatment centre.