Bhogali bihu celebration
Sanjeevani... Life Beyond Cancer in collaboration with Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute celebrated Pre Bhogali Bihu celebration in the hospital premises on 14th January 2020. As part of the celebration, we distributed Pitha (an Assamese traditional Food) among other refreshments and distributed winter wear to underprivileged patients that was donated by wellwishers.
Sanjeevani Life Beyond Cancer has always been grateful to our selfless volunteers and donors whose support is what helps us achieve new higher feats. One of the most common side effects during the course of cancer treatments are loss of hair. This becomes a source of insecurity, especially amongst women and young girls. To address this need, the Sanjeevani Team in Guwahati, with the help of a generous donor were able to provide a large number of women and young girls wigs made of both donated and artificial hair.
On the auspicious occasion of Holi on 9th March 2020, we spent the day with the Cancer patients in the hospital. Since March is recognised as National Nutrition Month, we combined both the occasions and celebrated Holi with an array of colourful food instead of artificial colour and gifted the patients hand made cards that emphasised the importance of healthy eating and urged them to incorporate more natural and fibre rich food in their diets.
On this auspicious festival of lights on October 28, 2019, the dedicated interns of Sanjeevani… Life beyond Cancer celebrated the day with patients at Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati, who at the time couldnt go back home to their family to bring in the festival. Our interns and angels engaged these patients in activities like dia painting and mehendi art to foster a sense of belonging. Since no celebration is complete without something sweet, the team distributed dessert and refreshments to the adult and pediatric patients.
Cancer Awareness and Prevention program
Sanjeevani Life Beyond Cancer (Guwahati) collaborated with Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati and North-East Frontier Railway to organise a Cancer Awareness and Prevention Program on 19th October at Luitgard Railways Officers’ Club, Maligaon (Guwahati) as a part of their #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth drive.
The program witnessed a huge turnout and was graced by many distinguished guests, including Dr. Amal Chandra Kataki (Director, BBCI, Guwahati), Sh B B Verma (ex FC, Indian Railways), Shri Radhe Raman (Additional General manager, NF Railways), Dr. S.K. Deka (Principal Chief Medical Director, NF Railways) Dr. Abhijit Talukdar (Associate Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology, BBCI), Dr. Kalpana Sarathy (Deputy Director of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati), Dr. Prateeti Barman (Head of the Department, Department of Social Work, (Royal Global University, Guwahati) and Dr. C.K Das (Senior Divisional Medical Officer, NF Railways).
A panel discussion on Breast Cancer Awareness was moderated by our founder, Ms Ruby Ahluwalia wherein the panellists spoke extensively about how an individual can easily identify the and understand the symptoms of breast cancer, where to seek adequate treatment and how it can be prevented in the first place.
The event then proceeded to name the “Star Intern Award” which was a title awarded to Mr.Kulajyoti Baishya, from the department of social work, Royal Global University. This felicitation was a token of appreciation for his work towards eradicating cancer from Society and for implementing new ideas as a Change Maker. Popular musician Mr. Rupam Bhuyan graced us with his soulful and foot tapping music.
B. Borooah Foundation Day
Felicitating Sanjeevani… Life Beyond Cancer for it’s contribution in hand holding and counselling patients.
On the occasion of Dr.B.Borooah Cancer Institute’s 46th Foundation Day, Sanjeevani Life Beyond Cancer (Guwahati) was awarded by Dr.B.Borooah Cancer Institute, for their contribution through Hand Holding and counseling patients in the hospital and commitment towards creating a cancer-free society through various outreach programs like awareness programs.
The award was handed over by Dr. A.C. Kataki (Director, BBCI, Guwahati) and was received on behalf of SLBC by Mr. B.B. Verma (mentor, Sanjeevani Life Beyond Cancer, Guwahati.)
The program was graced by many distinguished personalities, including Kulandhar Saikia (IPS, Director General of Assam Police) and Dily Barn (Director, Cancer Relief India.)
Sanjeevani Life Beyond Cancer in association with Pragjyotish College, Guwahati came together to organise a blanket distribution program . This event was primarily to provide blankets and mosquito nets to the patients at Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute. the event saw the presence of our esteemed dignitaries Dr. Amal Chandra Kataki (Director of Dr.B.Borooah Cancer Institute), Shri B.B. Verma IRAS (Member Railway Claims Tribunal), Dr. Manoj Kumar Mahanta (Principal Pragjyotish College), Nandita Rajbongshi (NSS Programme Officer - Pragjyotish unit) and Tapan Kumar Goswami (Sr.Administrative Officer of Dr.B.Borooah Cancer Institute.)
Cancer in any form is hard enough as an adult. So when it comes to children, they deserve something to help bring back the childlike glee in any way we can. For this purpose, the Guwahati team started a toy bank that would help the pediatric ward for cancer patients. This Toy Bank was inaugurated with the initiative of Sanjeevani- Life Beyond Cancer in Collaboration with Dr.B.Borooah Cancer Institute and University of science and Technology, Meghalaya at Dr.B.Borooah Cancer Institute on March 01, 2019. It was Inaugurated by the Senior Administrative officer, Tapan Kumar Goswami along with two Doctors Dr. Munlima Hazarika And Dr. Srabana Misra Bhagabaty. All toys were donated by Individual Donors.
Essay Competition on Remedies to Tobacco Consumption in India
Sanjeevani’s Guwahati Team Guwahati came together to spread awareness in the week of World No Tobacco Day by organising an essay writing contest on ‘Remedies to Tobacco Consumption in India’ . The winner of this contest, Suraj Jyoti Changkakoti, wrote about his own story and his father’s struggle with tobacco consumption. A well researched essay, his work showed reasons and statistics to tobacco consumption as well as remedies on an individual and social level like strong will power, determination and yoga were factors that were of need at an individual scale. He also gave the reason to tobacco consumption, statics and remedies on an individual and social level. Minati Roymedhi, a retired teacher was also awarded specially, for her essay ‘ Story of Tobacco.’
Clothes Bank for Patients
Oftentimes, when patients from underprivileged strata visit the hospital, they are left with no option but to sell most of their property and belongings to be able to afford their treatment. Because of the abject poverty they face, they tend to forego basic sanitation and hygiene practices which might concern the doctors during their visits since they need to always work in sterile environments as far as possible.
Tending to this problem, Sanjeevani… Life Beyond Cancer worked towards creating a clothes bank that would be a pool of previously owned clothes. Since we take our patient’s dignity and emotions very seriously, the clothes collected at the bank are washed, ironed and in complete wearing condition. This endeavour of ours has been warmly appreciated and welcomed, where people donate clothes and blankets, bold old and new. The patients that receive the bounty of this are filled with joy and gratitude.