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Breast Cancer awareness in Meghalaya and Mawlynnong, Asia’s cleanest village

In the year 2016, ‘17, with the help of partners like Shillong Cafe and Dylan's Cafe, Aaroogya International Organisation worked door-to-door to spread breast cancer awareness and serviced 3 districts in the Indian state of Meghalaya: East Khasi Hills, Ri-Bhoi and West Jaintia Hills.


One of Aaroogya's targets for this campaign was the village of Mawlynnong in the East Khasi hills, whose population boasted a 100% literacy rate in 2019 compared to the national average of 77.7% in 2020, and whose waste management systems have earned it Discover Asia’s “cleanest village in India Award” two times. While Mawlynnong's social structures have been known to progressively accommodate equal opportunity, Aaroogya’s preventative screenings and interactive educational consultations contributed much to the health of the village's women. Regina, a 19-year-old local woman responds to Aaroogya’s efforts, saying, “Aaroogya brought me a new hope to live with the spirit of self-care.”


Aaroogya’s services in Meghalaya included awareness workshops, capacity building sessions, digital health data collection and data analyses. This was done with the help of real time tele-consultations, screenings, chair-side diagnostic tests and triaging, teaching self-breast examination, and mobilizing higher risk patients to hospitals.


With the help of Aaroogya's efforts, 4,000 women over the age of 15 gained an understanding of the issues related to their general health conditions, nutrition, and sanitation. By educating these populations on how to live more healthy lifestyles, Aaroogya’s holistic cancer prevention program empowered women and men of all ages the importance of prevention and early detection of cancer, and its effects on life.


Sources:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/education/international-literacy-day-2020-kerala-most-literate-state-in-india-check-rank-wise-list/story-IodNVGgy5hc7PjEXUBKnIO.html#:~:text=International%20Literacy%20Day%202020%3A%20The,recorded%20the%20lowest%20literacy%20rate

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