7 November, 2023: Tata Chemicals Limited, a sustainable and science led chemistry solutions company, has as part of its CSR initiative extended the access of the Tata Memorial Centre’s online platform – TMC Navya to 200 cancer patients across 10 states from low-income families. These beneficiaries can connect with renowned oncologists to seek expert medical opinions. This initiative will contribute towards the company’s larger objective of ensuring access to high quality evidence-based care for every cancer patient in India.
Chief HSE & CSR, Tata Chemicals Limited Alok Chandra, said, that social responsibility had been a priority for his company and they were committed to helping those in need. He expressed his understanding of how daunting cancer could be for those coming from low-income backgrounds, A large number of individuals travelled to various parts of the country for cancer consultation, and this was a cumbersome process, which came along with economic challenges. He was happy that now through this platform expert and specialised consultations would be accessible to the low-income group afflicted with cancer. Specially, individuals who require urgent and critical consultation but are financially burdened, will be able to able to benefit from this. The results so far have been heartening he added which has prompted them to continue and expand their efforts in this undertaking.
In 2014, TMC Navya was established by Tata Memorial Centre, as an online arm to scale access to its cancer care expertise. TMC Navya has become an integral part of the National Cancer Grid (NCG), which is a consortium of 300 healthcare centres across India, in 2016. A, Government of India initiative -NCG, aims at narrowing the disparities in care standards by promoting evidence-based management guidelines and ensuring that low-income patients receive the best possible care. TMC Navya leverages technology in a bid to standardise cancer care across the country for providing cancer treatment that is in line with evidence-based guidelines.
An effort has been made to bridge healthcare gender gap by supporting women as a primary focus with 74% women and 26% men. Out of the patients from 10 states a significant number came from the regions of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh. They were carefully identified and aided. Jammu & Kashmir, a region that largely lacks expert medical care, saw patients from its’ region benefitting from this effort.
A report released by the European Society for Medical Oncology, revealed how TMC Navya was able to significantly save time related to consultations and curb travel-related costs for these patients, who were benefitted through timely medical intervention that is critical for cancer care.
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