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Canstop: One Walk, One Hope

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

An invitation from CanSTOP to all to participate in their event to promote breast cancer awareness:

Dear one and all,

Announcing our mega event for the month of October and for Breast Cancer Awareness!

Cancer Care India (CACI) is an apex body of cancer support organizations in the country. As a part of its Cancer Awareness Programmes (CAP), the South Indian Region of cancer Care India is planning to observe Pink Ribbon Day i.e., Breast Cancer Awareness Day.Pink Ribbon Day” is to encourage women to be breast aware and highlight the importance of breast cancer research, which falls on 26th October of this year 2009.

In association with Can Stop (in Chennai) and other NGO’s we would like to conduct an awareness walk on the occasion of Breast Cancer Awareness Month on October 4th, titled ‘One Walk – One Hope’, at 4 p.m between War Memorial to Gandhi Statue along Kamarajar Salai. This walk would have participants from amongst the general public, students, and cancer care NGO’s, supporters as well as cancer survivors.

Recent data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) indicates that the incidence of Breast Cancer is on the rise in the country and is rapidly becoming the primary cancer afflicting women. The objective of holding ‘One Walk – One Hope’ is to celebrate survivorship with community support and show that early detection and awareness is the key to the first line of treatment against cancer.

Thus we would like to invite all members of the public, well-wishers,students and anyone interested to join us for this walk.

For Students in particular we are also running a ‘T-shirt Design Contest’, to be judged by eminent artists. The winning design will be featured on all the t-shirts that will be printed and distributed on the occasion of ‘One Walk- One Hope’.

The theme – Breast Cancer Awareness.

Guidelines – The design must incorporate the colours of pink and purple in some way.The design must be on a white or black background. Electronic format preferred.

Entries can be emailed to or submitted in person or mailed to “Canstop c/o

Sundaram Medical Foundation, 9C Shanti Colony,4th Avenue, Anna Nagar.Entries can also be sent into NXG.

Last Date – September 5th

Send in your entries!

CanSTOP has worked with us numerous times in the past, especially in helping us to run our Women’s Camp last year.  We hope some of you will be able to participate in this great event!

The best way to follow CanSTOP is via their blog: You can also follow CanSTOP on twitter at @CanstopSMF and become a fan of CanSTOP on Facebook.

Multispecialty Medical Camp – August 23, 2009: Perspectives

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

IMG_0334Yesterday’s medical camp was truly a testament to the power of unity and commitment to a cause. Everything, from planning for sufficient tables and chairs to acquiring the appropriate drugs to making sure the doctors were comfortable, happened only because of the dedication and sincerity of Sangam India’s volunteers.

This camp, being the first health-related event in MGR Nagar, was held to high expectations and high standards. Residents of the slum have been requesting health-related assistance, so the camp was also timely. We were honored to have the presence of highly esteemed doctors that we hold in very high regard. In the pediatrics department, we had Dr. Julius Scott, Dr. Vilvanathan, Dr. Mullai Vasanthan, and Dr. Latha. Anthropometry (height, weight, head circumference, and other measurements) were done by our volunteers.  Internal medicine was handled by Dr. Emmanuel Bhaskar, with reinforcements provided by anesthesiologist Dr. Usha J. and postgraduates Dr. Tripthi Sugumar and Dr. Prithwijit Bannerjee. Dermatologist Dr. Renita Rajan and gynecologist Dr. Anbumalar also contributed their services. Special thanks to psychiatrist Dr. Sherab for coming all the way from Vellore for our camp.

pharmdocsOver 150 patients were seen at the camp, which ran from 10 AM to about 1230 PM. Several cases needing close follow up, including congenital heart defects and blockage of the nasolacrimal duct were identified by the pediatricians as well as the internists. We will be following  up with these patients and ensuring that they receive the care they need.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to Canstop for providing us with a screen for our gynecology cases and to Paadhai for helping us arrange the camp. We also sincerely thank Mr. Yusuf, Dr. John Samuel and Dr. Renita Rajan for providing us with drugs for the camp. Most of all, we would like to thank the doctors and our volunteers. It is truly inspiring to see how beautifully everyone was able to work together for the sake of a cause greater than any of us. Many of the volunteers present were inspired by the thoroughness, kindness, and patience that each of the doctors displayed towards the patients.

Please let us know if you are interested in participating in any future camps. We are looking forward to conducting ophthalmology and ENT camps in the near future and any support or assistance you can provide is always welcome. And as always thank you to our donors and our supporters for giving us the boost that we need, ensuring that the work can go on.


From the Organizer: Medical Camp, August 23rd 2009

Monday, August 24th, 2009

A few thoughts from Vandhana, who organized yesterday’s camp:

We just successfully finished our first medical camp in MGR Nagar in association with another NGO, Paathai. It was amazing to know that we helped more than one hundred underprivileged people in such a large way. The camp was a huge success. Special thanks to all our fellow volunteers and doctors. We had representatives from Paediatrics, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gyneacology, Dermatology and Psychiatry at this camp. Thanks as well to Mr. Yusuf and Drs. John Samuel and Renita for donating drugs. Of course, we could’t have pulled it off without the help of the counselor and residents of MGR Nagar. We were shcoekd to find some severely ill people for whom we had to appoint referral visits.

Overall, I feel elated at the thought of being part of an organization dedicated to the betterment of humankind. This camp has made Sangam India yearn more to work for the greater good of humanity.

Vandhana Sundharam
Health/Health Education Coordinator

More Photos from Sunday’s Camp

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Here are some more photos from yesterday’s Multispeciality medical camp, in addition to the ones added yesterday. Thanks to B. Krithika and Rithika Rajendran for taking these!  You can see all the pictures in the gallery.

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Photographs from Today’s Medical Camp

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Today we completed our Multispeciality Medical Camp and all agreed it was a wonderful success – better than we could have expected.

Upcoming posts will describe the day in detail, but before proceeding any further, we should stop here and thank all of our doctors, who volunteered their time and came with immense goodwill, and our volunteers, who put in extraordinary work in the planning and execution of the camp.

Some of the pictures from the medical camp have been uploaded, and more will be uploaded tomorrow.  For now, here’s a selection of the pictures, the rest of which are featured in our gallery.

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Tamil Flyer for Tomorrow’s Camp

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Included below is the Tamil Flyer used today to promote tomorrow’s camp.  It was distributed to each household in both of the slums that we are targeting.


Thanks to our volunteers for committing so much time and energy in promoting the camp and we hope that the residents of these areas will come out to get treatment!

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Spreading the Word about the Upcoming Health Camp

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Today a group of volunteers, led by Pamela and Sri Nandini, went to the Ramavaram area to promote the upcoming health camp to the residents of the communities.  We went to both the slums where we had visited previously: the MGR Nagar community where we are currently focusing our activities as well as the community across the street.  Each household was given a simple Tamil-language flyer to remind them of the camp.  The residents were reportedly very interested in coming to the camp and we hope people will take advantage of the opportunity to see the doctors tomorrow.

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Pictures from August 15th, 2009 Educational Programme

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

We apologize for the delay! Here are some pictures from last Saturday’s Educational Programme.  Read Vasundhra’s post from earlier this week to find out what happened.

See the rest of the pictures in our gallery.

Directions to MGR Nagar Slum and Medical Camp Site

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Below is a map giving directions on how to reach the MGR Nagar slum as well as the campsite for Sunday’s Medical camp.  When coming from Guindy, the site is located just after the Nandambakkam bus stop, on a road turning off to the right, just before the bridge over the Adyar river.

Look for the banners that will be posted. The campsite is held is a laundry facility there and will be clearly labeled and visible from the street.


Download for Printing (.pdf)

The camp starts at 10AM and we request volunteers to be present at 9:30 if possible. It will go on till 1AM.  Please let us know if you can come, we will be happy to accept your help!

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Flyer for Upcoming Medical Camp

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Here is the flyer for Sunday’s Medical Camp, made by Rifa Khan, one of our members.


Sangam India was started a year ago by a group of students-quite like you. Today we’re an organization that aims to improve the social and economic conditions of underprivileged communities in urban Chennai.

Our efforts are aimed at empowering the inhabitants of slums by focusing chiefly on:

  • Value based education
  • Health & Sanitation
  • Focus groups for women

After having conducted health camps for the slum dwellers in Ramavaram, this time around we hope a conduct a multi-specialty health campin association with Paathai Foundation, for the residents of MGR Nagar slum (map over-leaf).
So if you’re a PG student and our cause interests you, please contact us at : 9789901650.
Date: 23/08/09 Time: 10 A.M.–1 P.M

As we wrote in our last post, the camp is scheduled for this Sunday, August 23rd. We’re in need of volunteers, so if you can come, we’d love the help. Please let us know if you’ll be volunteering.

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