Save a Life a Day – Let’s Beat Leukaemia
Rotary Club of Hyderabad Deccan (Rotary District 3150, India), in partnership with Rotary Club of Naperville (Rotary District 6450, USA) and The Rotary Foundation, donated a 3-laser, 11 channel cytometer to be set up 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 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 million and is a 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.
According to Dr S Sudha Murthy, Chief of Pathology & Lab Medicine, Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital, “The 11-colour flow cytometer is capable of appropriately diagnosing leukaemias (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.”