At the hospital, community and school level, we are continuously forging partnerships to strengthen preventive and promotive healthcare.
Based on our learning, we are working towards two new initiatives that target the Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) cancer patient.
We have found that there is a strong felt need for accommodation facilities among low-income patients, especially those that move to big cities from villages and small towns. Many of them are forced to live on the streets and in unhygienic and rudimentary shelters. Together with Access Life Foundation, we are in the process of developing accommodation facilities for TYA cancer patients and their families
Teenagers and young adults fall through the cracks of our public health system. They are placed in adult or pediatric wards that do not cater to the requirements of their age group. We are working towards creating the first TYA cancer unit in India that will include beds, necessary equipment and a youth specific recreation center.
To further understand the specific needs of this cohort, KARO is sponsoring the 2-day conference on TYA cancer care in September 2017 organized by Tata Memorial Hospital.