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THE AADIVASI AAROGYA SAMBHAL & AARTHIK (AAA) PROJECT

India Noncommunicable Disease Facts

  • Noncommunicable diseases account for around 60% of all deaths in India.

 

  • In India, 1 out of every 4 people are at risk of dying from a noncommunicable disease before the age of 70.

 

  • There has been an increasing trend in noncommunicable diseases from 1990 to present.

 

  • The four leading noncommunicable diseases in India are cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disease and cancer.

 

UHRU Response

With our partners at the Gram Seva Trust, we support the Aadivasi Aarogya Sambhal & Aarthik (AAA) Project to raise awareness among rural Indian community members about noncommunicable diseases and provide comprehensive health services and rural development activities.

 

During 2021, the AAA Project has successfully benefited over 2,400 patients and served over 20,000 individuals through health services and rural development activities in 25 villages. This project is ongoing and will continue to serve rural villages in Dang district.

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MentAL HEALTH PROJECT

MENTAL FACTS Facts

  • The World Health Organization predicts that by the end of 2021, at least 20% of Indians will experience some type of mental illness.
     

  • India accounts for 36% of suicides globally.
     

  • There has been an increase in patients with mental illness, addiction and deaths by suicide in the Navsari district of Gujarat, India 
     

  • The stigma associated with mental health in the community often prevents community members from seeking help and prevents families from wanting their loved ones to receive help. 

 

UHRU Response

With our partners at the Gram Seva Trust, we support the Mental Health Project to provide a comprehensive mental health service program for identification, medical management and rehabilitation among rural community members in India.

 

During 2021, the Mental Health Project identified 52 patients with mental illness and 33 patients from 20 villages have accepted counseling and are receiving medical treatment. This project is ongoing and will continue to serve rural villages in Navsari district.

The Gujarat Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Project

India Breast and Cervical Cancer Facts

  • There has been a steady increase in the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer in India and these cancers are being discovered at a later stage.
     

  • India accounts for one-quarter of the worldwide burden of cervical cancers.
     

  • Estimates suggest that cervical cancer will occur in approximately 1 in 53 Indian women during their lifetime compared with 1 in 100 women in more developed regions of the world.
     

  • Fifty percent of cancer deaths in women in India are due to breast and cervical cancer.

 

UHRU Response

We created the Gujarat Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Project to educate rural Indian women about breast and cervical cancer and provide screening through rural community health centers to save lives.

 

Our project has successfully educated more than 4,000 women about breast and cervical cancer during village meetings in rural communities. We have screened more than 3,500 rural Indian women for breast and cervical cancer.