Extending our programs during International Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2021, We are pleased to announce that the Can Protect Foundation of Uttarakhand under its special campaign ASHA ki Kiran has conducted a large scale Breast and Cervical Cancer training and awareness workshop for 5,275 ASHA workers and community health workers of Mumbai, Maharashtra on 31st October 2021.
Dr Sumita Prabhakar conducted a training workshop of ASHA and Community workers via an online medium which was telecasted live from Uttarakhand to 211 various health centres in Mumbai, where projectors and audio systems were set up to watch the live telecast.
25 to 30 health workers from each health centre in Mumbai attended Breast and Cervical Cancer training conducted by Dr Sumita Prabhakar of Can Protect Foundation and in total 5,275 workers have attended this workshop. The workshop was conducted in association with National Urban Health Mission, Mumbai, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), and Techfest IIT Mumbai.
Dr Sumita Prabhakar provided extensive information on breast and cervical cancer awareness and prevention and also described various screening methods and the importance of HPV vaccination. She highlighted the importance of Breast Self Examination, Pap Smear, and the importance of early detection of Breast Cancer and prevention of Cervical Cancer. She also teaches all the ASHA and Community health workers about how to do Breast Self Examination with the help of Canapp and teach others about this important exam which can be the key to lowering the instance of a number of deaths due to Breast Cancer in India.
ASHA and Community Health Worker is the first link of women’s health. According to statistics, the number of breasts and cervical cancer cases is increasing in India both in urban and rural areas. If breast cancer is detected on time, then the chances of its successful treatment are much higher, but this is possible only when there is awareness among women about breast and cervical cancer. ASHA and community health workers can educate women about breast and cervical cancer. In such a situation, it is our duty to spread information about breast and cervical cancer to ASHA and other health workers and make them aware of breast self-examination, mammogram, pap smears, HPV vaccination.
In this training, a special curriculum has been created by Can Protect Foundation, which includes breast and cervical cancer as well as women’s health. This course is specially designed in the form of a presentation which is very easy to explain and takes only 1 hour.