Sunita Jadav was one of the 4,600 women who attended the all-India HOPE foundation-Tupperware health camps across 21 cities during 2015. Like several of the women who came to our camp, Sunita had never consulted a gynecologist before this.
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2014. I have three children and I cook in three homes. I make less than Rs 10,000 a month so there was no way I could afford the treatment,” she says.
Luckily, Sunita’s employer who works at Tupperware came to her rescue. “She helped me with some money and I was able to start chemotherapy – and my cancer went into remission!” says Sunita.
A few months later, Sunita experienced some problems related to gynecology. That’s when her employer asked her to attend our health camp.
“I consulted a gynecologist for the first time in my life. The doctor gave me a full body check-up and examined my blood pressure, sugar level and ECG. She gave me tips on how to eat a healthy diet with simple, basic food which I can afford. She has asked me to go to her if I have any other issue in the future – I certainly plan to do that.”
Between March and December 2015, we conducted 42 medical camps for women across India. Women were provided with full health check-up and advised on gynecological care, reproductive health, the need for regular visit to a doctor, nutrition and hygiene. We also provide basic medicine kits to the attendees.
HOPE foundation helps provide basic and specialized healthcare to 230,000 poor and disadvantaged people across India every year. Most of the people we work with live in urban slums and have little or no access to basic medical care. Neglect through ignorance, unsanitary living conditions and extreme poverty make them vulnerable to diseases, most of which are preventable.
We work through primary healthcare clinics, tuberculosis eradication, cancer detection, leprosy clinics and rehabilitation, HIV/AIDS prevention, early childhood development and health education and counseling. Infant mortality is a special focus of our work which we endeavor to combat through our maternal and child survival programs.
In 2006, our healthcare initiatives impacted the lives of 200,000 people directly.
20% of India's poorest have more than double the mortality rates and under-nutrition levels of the richest 20%.