An NGO that is a boon for poor cancer patients

An NGO that is a boon for poor cancer patients

Submitted by Editor on Sun, 2016-01-31 10:35 Bengaluru: It was in 2012 that Brijesh Bihari Tiwari, hailing from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, admitted his sister, Alka Tiwari, to Vellore Hospital for treatment of cancer. But the family did not have the money to bear the expenses of Alka’s treatment.“The issue appeared in the local newspapers. After that, people from Global Vision contacted us and immediately released the funds,” said Brijesh remembering the generosity of the NGO which has been doing stellar work in extending monetary support to poor people who can’t afford cancer treatment.Though the funds came, Brijesh wasn’t able to save his sister as her condition had deteriorated by then. But his admiration for the self-less work of the NGO only grew. “These kinds of NGOs are very rare in our society,” said Brijesh. “I mailed them [NGO] to provide their account number so that I can return the money as much as possible, but they did not give their account number. My sister is not alive today, but their humanity [NGO] will last for ever. I am very thankful to those people.”Established in Thane district, Maharashtra, on January 14, 2009, Global Vision has so far helped more than 100 cancer patients, irrespective of their caste and religion, by extending financial support to patients unable to raise funds for their treatment.  Take the case of Shivaraju, a 15-year-old boy from Hosur, Tamil Nadu, who is being treated at the Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology for blood cancer.Shivaraju’s parents have so far received Rs30,000 from Global Vision. Speaking to Bfirst.in, Shakunthalamma, mother of Shivaraju said, “We are very poor people and cannot afford the medical expenditure. I thank Global Vision for helping me.” Shakunthalamma also thanked doctors at Kidwai for contacting Global Vision. “My son is being treated for the past seven months and the treatment is almost over now,” she said.Ravi Shankar Tripathi, Senior Manager, Global Vision said their objective was to help the patient irrespective of his/her caste, religion, and background. “We get calls from Kidwai, HCG, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Manipal and other hospitals regarding the condition of the patients,” said Ravi Shankar talking about the process of selection for receiving funds.“After verifying the documents of the patients, we release the amount as per their requirement. Sometimes, people also ask patients to contact us for help. To some extent, media plays a part in the process by publishing cases of poor cancer patients.”Apart from extending financial support, the NGO also organises the sports meet, workshops and awareness programmes. The NGO has branches at Thane and Pune in Maharashtra, Bengaluru, and Uttarakhand.Dr K B Lingegowda, Director, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru, spoke glowingly about the work of Global Vision. “They are helping out patients in maximum numbers,” said Lingegowda. “In Karnataka there are schemes for patients. But we refer non-Karnataka patients to the NGO whenever they are in shortage of money. Every year, we have about 18,000 new patients. Out of which about 20 percentage of patients are from other states. This NGO is helping the poor patients with great dedication.”