The Irada Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that focuses on helping communities in the areas of health and education. One of the foundation's core programs is the promotion of cancer awareness and support. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, the total cancer cases are likely to go up to 1,148,757 cases in the 2020, with tobacco-related cancers and breast cancer, as the leading cancer cases for men and women, respectively.
Through our programs, we partner with various institutions and hospitals engaged in the prevention and treatment of cancer to provide information, resources, support and guidance for patients, caregivers, providers, and all people whose lives have been affected directly, or indirectly, by cancer.
One of its initial efforts was conducting breast cancer screening camps to benefit approximately 250 women in Bavla Block of Ahmedabad District. The screenings included diagnosis, treatment, referrals & linkages, pathological testing, mammography, follow-ups and maintaining data records for breast cancer and other cancer-related conditions.
The foundation aims to reach up to 100,000 rural adult populations through cancer awareness camps to be conducted right at their villages and in partnership with local hospitals and institutions.
Working with HELP USA
The Chintu and Falguni Patel Foundation works closely with HELP USA's Suffolk County Shelter, a 76-unit transitional housing facility for homeless families, located in Brookhaven, New York.
Here are some of the recent efforts involving HELP USA:
Just days before the 2015-16 school year began, the foundation provided 86 children living at HELP USAs Suffolk County Shelter with fully stocked backpacks from the foundation.
The foundation also organized pumpkin picking activity in October for the children at the shelter, followed by an early Halloween party, providing more than 80 costumes and candy.
In November, the foundation donated a full Thanksgiving feast for all 160 residents of HELP USA's Suffolk shelter.
Recently, the foundation sponsored a Mother's Day lunch in May, providing flowers and presents for mothers in the shelter.
The foundation plans to continue to partner with HELP USA as part of their community outreach programs in Long Island, New York.
Mobile Medical Unit
India is a country of villages, where majority of the population live. In such condition, Mobile Medical Unit is an ideal approach to cater day to day medical requirements of villages. Foundation has plan to cater communities health and medical needs through Mobile Medical Unit for General, Dental and Ophthalmic (Eye) aspects.
In General day to day medical care, foundation medical experts will focus on oral cancer screening followed by Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) like Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, Kidney and Anemia. Mobile medical team consists Medical Doctor, Nurse, phlebotomist, technician, Social worker and Driver.
First Aid Readyness
Accidents can happen anytime and knowing how to administer first aid minimizes injuries and even increases the chances of survival. Training workers on the essentials of first-aid has been one of the core areas of focus of the Irada Foundation.
Under the program, more than 270 kit supplies, such as bandages, dressings, ointments, etc. have been provided. Additionally, 95 Aasha workers and 175 Aanganwadi workers of Bavla Taluka have been trained to be first-aid ready, including CPR.
The Irada Foundation aims to train and provide kits to 1,000 workers before October 2016 from the block of Dholka and Sanand in Ahmedabad District.
To prevent communities and the general public from the heat starts from 40 Celsius degree in the month of April '17, with the help of village based volunteers, the foundation took the initiative of serving cold aamkapana (keri no baflo). It has contained raw mango (kachikeri), sugar, jaggery, and glucose.
From the auspicious day of Ram Navami 5th April '17 to 5th June '17, the foundation has served 1000 liters of aamkapana (keri no baflo) per day to around 5000 people from 10 places situated from Changodar to Bavla, Bavla Province, Ahmedabad District. During the period of 60 days non-stop service under the severe hot condition where the temperature went up to even 44 Celsius, the foundation was being able to provide aamkapana (keri no baflo nu sharbat) to around 300,000 people.