Pandya Family Foundation - Promoting Health via Access, Education and Careers

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Guarang Pandya, M.D.

Betty Bluekle, CPA

Anna Green, Executive Director, Central California Family Crisis Center

Mickie Manning, (Past) Executive Director, Central California Family Crisis Center

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555 W. Putnam Ave.
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Health Screenings in rural Gujarat, 2009

Tejal Pandya, co-founder of PFF, started her education in Medical School at the Temple University in the fall of August 2008. Since Temple University School of Medicine (TUSOM) encourages students to go abroad to learn and experience health services delivery in other countries, Tejal requested the school's permission to encourage some of her co-students to go to India for a health related project. Once the School supported her idea and three of her peers showed interest Tejal and Gaurang Pandya worked to develop a formal program for the four students to work with two separate rural clinics in different parts of rural Gujarat, one in Shivrajpur in the Panhmahal district of Gujarat and one in Shamlaji clinic in the Sabarkantha district of Gujarat.

For one full week the Students from TUSOM and the students from a medical college in Gujarat worked with Dr. Pandya and the trustees of the Shivrajpur clinic screened the residents of five villages surrounding Shivrajpur for some health conditions like hypertention, diabetes. Additionally, women screened for breast cancer with the use of portable ultrasound machines, clinical breast exam by the students. The women were also instructed in the technique of self-breast exam to identify breast lumps and cysts with the help of silicone breast models. At the end of each day, if the students had identified women with suspicious breast lumps, those women were transported to the Shivrajpur clinic for ultrasound -guided biopsy.

The following week, similar screenings were performed at the Shamlaji clinic. The administrators of Shamlaji clinic had sent out flyers regarding the screening camp at the clinic, which allowed the team to stay in one place. There was a steady flow of people all day long.

In all, about twenty five hundred people were screened and the findings were tabulated and analyzed.

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