Asha Jyoti: Women's Healthcare Mobile Outreach Program
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Asha Jyoti Mobile Women's Healthcare has successfully launched the first mobile unit of its kind into the community of Chandigarh, a city in the northern state of Punjab, India. The van was donated in kind by Philips HealthCare and was delivered in May 2012. This garnered both local and international press coverage. The van was initially tested on site by RAD-AID's clinical partner, the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh, a highly respected government medical center. Prior to van deployment, the PGIMER School of Public Health assisted in providing community education and sensitization to ensure that women would be comfortable with the idea of screening tests and also be educated about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, cervical cancer, and osteoporosis.
The van has been so successful in working with marginalized women in Chandigarh that other communities and local governments in Punjab have requested the services at weekend screening camps, where hundreds of women can be served in a matter of days with real-time results from PGIMER physicians. To date, over 1,500 women have been screened and numerous abnormal tests have required referral to PGIMER for diagnostic testing and treatment.
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