Rotarians to donate Cytometer worth US $ 94000 to BIACH&RI
Hyderabad, June 27 2019…… Rotarians to donate Cytometer worth US $ 94000 to Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital & Research Institute (BIACH&RI) in a function to be held on Friday evening at the hospital.
It helps in diagnosis and monitoring of Blood Cancers in Children. It will provide free specialized diagnostic services to children from families below the poverty line (BPL) suffering from Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL), commonly known as Blood Cancer. Each test costs Rs 20,000/- which is unaffordable to many. It is expected to do 400 such tests in a year. Which mean Cytometer will provide services worth Rs 80 lakhs per annum. The Cytomter is provided by Rotary Club of Hyderabad Deccan (Rotary District 3150, India), in partnership with Rotary Club of Naperville (Rotary District 6450, USA) and The Rotary Foundation from the funds raised and arranged by them. Diclosing this in a press note issued in the city today, Rotary Club of Hyderabad Deccan announced that thet would donate a 3-laser, 11 channel cytometer to be setup at and run by the Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital & Research Institute (BIACH&RI) for free specialized diagnostic services to children from families below the poverty line (BPL) suffering from Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL), commonly known as Blood Cancer.This is being done under its Save a Life a Day - Let’s Beat Leukaemia initiativeFlow cytometry is a technology used for diagnosing and monitoring blood cancers .The thirteen color flow cytometer is capable of appropriately diagnosing leukemias (blood cancers) so as to enable optimal patient management. It also helps in monitoring residual disease during the course of treatment.Rotary Club of Hyderabad Deccan has initated efforts in collaboration with Basavatarakam Indo American cancer Hospital & Research Institute to offer services to the poor.This will benefit children from BPL families who are being treated for ALL at MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre (MNJ) and BIACH&RI. MNJ is the sole tertiary public referral centre for cancer for the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and north Karnataka with a population of over 100 millionand is government designated to provide free treatment to patients below the poverty line; BIACH&RI also provides free treatment to this community. This will directly benefit ALL affected children by providing an accurate diagnosis of their leukaemia and help doctors to determine the exact customized dosage for each child ensuring excellent care that can greatly increase their chances of survival.The cost of the equipment and initial setup is approximately Rs 66 lakhs. BIACHRI will maintain the cytometry equipment and provide the diagnosis facility free of cost to these BPL children/families as referred to them by MNJ/Rotary for the life of the machine.The Rotary Club of Hyderabad Deccan is very active in its service activities and with the support of the Rotary Foundation and Rotary Clubs globally;the club has executed projects in the areas of safe water, literacy, education and health care for local communities. President Rtn. Uday Pilani said, “On behalf of my club I thank all our partners that are helping us deliver this specialized diagnostic service for children from families that need it most. I urge us all to get together and Let’s Beat Leukaemia.” Dr S Sudha Murthy, Chief of Pathology & Lab Medicine, Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital said, “The 11-color flow cytometer is capable of appropriately diagnosing leukemias(blood cancers) so as to enable optimal patient management. Since the technology will help deliver faster results, we would be able to offer these services at substantially lower prices. Rotary Club of Hyderabad Deccan has initiated efforts in collaboration with Basavatarakam Indo American cancer Hospital & Research Institute to offer free services to the poor.”About Rotary Club of Hyderabad Deccan: A part of the global network of Rotary International, the Rotary Club of Hyderabad Deccan [RCHD], chartered in 1988, today has 94 membersfrom various vocations. RCHD is extremely active with service projects in the community. RCHD has impacted lives of over 20,000 school going children by providing them with safe water, classrooms and desks, and over 200,000 villagers by provision of RO plants in fluorosis affected areas. More recently (in 2016), RCHD set up a Dialysis Centre at Secunderabad and a state of art Blood Bank at Ameerpet at a total cost of over Rs. 2 Crores, in partnership with the Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Club of Naperville Chicago. The Dialysis Centre, housed in the Secunderabad Gurudwara and run by the Mahavir Charitable Trust has completed over 10,000 dialysis at a charge of a mere Rs. 300 each. The Rotary Blood bank housed in Challa Hospital (Ameerpet) has collected over 7000 units of blood used by the needy. About Rotary Club of Naperville: Founded in 1941, the Rotary Club of Naperville (RCN) is a group of business and professionals with the purpose of this fellowship to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and to help build goodwill and peace in the world. RCN has been a major benefactor for charitable and community causes since its founding and today continues to be a generous contributor to humanitarian and other worthwhile causes in and around Naperville (USA), as well as internationally.
About the Rotary Foundation:The Rotary Foundation transforms contributions into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. It is one of the world’s most effective and best run Non-Profit organizations with a spending of more than USD 20O million per year. The world also recognizes Rotary for its pioneering and unparalleled efforts in spearheading the eradication of Polio from this world. The Rotary Foundation has the Highest Rating from the Independent Charity Navigator which rates Charity and Social Organisations.
About Rotary: Rotary brings together a global network of community leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. We connect 1.2 million members from more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in almost every country in the world. Their service improves lives both locally and internationally, from helping those in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.
About Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital & Research Institute (BIACH&RI): BIACH&RI, established in 2000 by the NandamuriBasavataraka Ramarao Memorial Cancer Foundation (NBTRCF, India) along with philanthropists, scientists & physicians under the aegis of Indo American Cancer Organization (IACO, USA). Initially set up with the objective of providing world-class cancer treatment at affordable cost to patients this is today a 500+ beds hospital & research institute. BIACH&RI’s objective is to serve the need of the community and runs on a not-for-profit basis by a professionalboard consisting of representatives from both (NBTCRF& IACO) trusts. In 2017, BIACH&RI treated over 12000 cancer patients.
About MNJ Institute of Oncology & Regional Cancer Centre (MNJ): MNJ is a 350-bed comprehensive cancer care centre under the Ministry of Health, Government of India. It is the sole tertiary public referral centre for cancer for the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and north Karnataka; that have a total population of about 100 million. MNJ provides surgery, radiotherapy and medical oncology and palliative care services free of cost to all the patients below the poverty line. More than 10,000 new cancer patients are registered per year and more than 110,000 patients come for follow-up totalling of 120000 patients per year. 1500 major surgeries and 1000 minor surgeries are performed per year.