Every year as the holiday season nears and we get ready to welcome a new year, I reflect back on the year that just passed. With the global COVID-19 pandemic, devastating wildfires, the social justice movements in the US, and a one-of-a kind US presidential election season, 2020 was a bizarre year to say the least. Despite the bizarreness, 2020 was an important year for those of us working to achieve health equity and to minimize health disparities – the pandemic laid bare the urgency of the need to address health disparities and inequities both in the US & globally.
I have always believed that “countries have human-made boundaries, humanity does not.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced that belief for me and given it another dimension: “when it comes to disease causing agents, there are no boundaries.” Today, more than ever, there is a need for all of us to come together to address the disparities that exist in healthcare.
I want to thank you for your partnership over the years and would like to request your support this year as well as we build programs and services to address health disparities in the US and other parts of the world. Your support enabled us to take on some of the highly ambitious, highly impactful programs like the establishment of the first bone marrow transplant center in Nepal, establishment of hospice and palliative care programs in Madhya Pradesh, India in the past, and now it will help us bring cancer care to 20,000 new cancer patients annually with the establishment of a state-of-the-art comprehensive cancer center in Janakpur, Nepal.
There is an option for legacy donation – a part of the cancer center can be named after you/your loved ones. Please find more details here https://binayfoundation.org/major-gifts/
If you would like to fundraise for a specific unit at the cancer center, please see more information here https://binayfoundation.org/3050-2/
I am excited to share with you that 2020 was a very productive year for the Binaytara Foundation Cancer Center in Janakpur. We organized a multidisciplinary cancer conference in Janakpur before the pandemic took hold. As the pandemic hit Nepal, cancer patients who were receiving treatments at hospitals outside the region were sent back home. Fortunately, the Binaytara Foundation Cancer Center team in Janakpur was there for them, and those patients as well as others continued to receive high-quality cancer care close to their homes. These patients would have poor outcomes without treatment if the Binaytara Foundation Cancer Center was not there.
Our cancer care providers in Janakpur do not only provide care to the patients but also participate in weekly tumor boards which help them stay up to date with the latest developments and provide guidance for patient management. Each of those cancer patients received care based on tumor board recommendations made by a multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists which includes some of the top cancer experts in the US, and the world.
Our project SISTER (Survey, Identify, Screen, Treat, Educate, Report) aims to increase the rate of cervical cancer screening from less than 2% to 15% within two years by training and utilizing existing healthcare resources. This project has a potential to save tens of thousands of women’s lives in the coming decade. Similarly, we are working to establish a comprehensive genomic laboratory that will help us identify and treat specific cancers, infections, and other genetic diseases affecting the uniquely diverse population of Nepal and other parts of South Asia.
Our vision for the Binaytara Foundation Cancer Center, which is currently housed in a rented building, is to develop into a 200-bed comprehensive cancer hospital by 2025. We recently purchased land in Janakpur, and plan to start the first phase of construction for a 100-bed hospital in April 2021 with estimated completion date of March 2023. This vision can be a reality if you are willing to support!
Your support and partnership gave us a platform to get where we are now, and we need your support again to realize our vision of providing state-of-the-art cancer care to the people of Nepal. I invite you to support the Binaytara Foundation Cancer Center by donating, volunteering, and spreading your kindness. Please donate here – https://binayfoundation.org