Awareness Campaigns

Coffee with Janata Clinic – Brewing Awareness on Breast Cancer

Janata Clinic hosted a coffee event called “Coffee with Janata Clinic” at Bodhi Books and Bakes to mark the World Cancer Day on 04 February 2017.

The event was themed “Brewing Awareness for Breast Cancer” to raise awareness about the importance of screening and the early detection of breast cancer which is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in Nepalese women. About one in eight women born today is exposed to the risk of getting breast cancer at some point during her lifetime.

Although October is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Janata Clinic is dedicated to raising awareness and educating individuals about breast cancer throughout the year.  Around 30 individuals participated in the event where Dr. Udita Mishra, General Surgeon at Bir Hospital presented about breast cancer, its risk factors, and ways to remain safe. While the World Cancer Day was being celebrated with the theme “We Can. I Can.” Dr. Mishra emphasized that keeping oneself healthy and undergoing regular screening could be an individual approach to reduce the global burden of cancer.

Dr. Chadani Shrestha from Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital also attended the program and shared her experience of developing breast cancer and her fight to survive through all the treatment procedures. She encouraged all the participants to be aware and visit the screening facility regularly.

During the program, Ms. Abja Sapkota, Lecturer at Nepal Medical College presented her research findings on the problems that breast cancer survivors living in urban Nepal face. According to her, Nepalese breast cancer survivors were found to have multiple physical, psychological, and social problems and these problems are more prominent I women of age 45 years or above. She also stated tiredness, lack of energy, forgetfulness, lack of interest in sex, general body aches, and feeling of worrisome and anxiousness about future as the major symptoms seen in the survivors and said that require special attention during follow-up visits.

Janata clinic is aimed towards bringing together national public service organizations, medical professionals, and community leaders in working together to promote awareness and education on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that account for around 45% of total annual deaths. It conducts fundraisers, programs and events promoting awareness on issues NCDs such as hypertension, diabetes, renal failure, COPD and cancer to support the fight against these diseases. With this new series of events called “Coffee with Janata Clinic”, it aims to reach as many people as possible to build a healthy society.

“We are open to anybody who wants to host this event at their home or office. All you need is a bunch of people who are interested to stay healthy and a cup of coffee for everybody”, added Mr. Dibyesh giri, one of the cofounders of Janata Clinic. He is confident that small efforts like this event can drive many towards making healthy behavior changes.

Janata Clinic, a health movement initiated by Hon. Minister of Health Mr. Gagan Kumar Thapa and Mr. Dibyesh Giri, has been conducting various camps in and around Kathmandu to ensure accessibility of specialized health services to the general public either free of cost or in an affordable cost.