The soon to be doctor Aafreen Rachel Vas, Femina Miss India Supranational 2015 is all set to launch her Maharashtra registered NGO – Early Detection for Better Future (EDBF) in namma Kudla on Gandhi Jayanti day. A 5-km ‘Run 4 Health’ that will focus on perils of breast cancer will be focus of the run that will also serve as a fund raiser for the NGO. Plans are afoot to broaden the focus areas of diseases as the NGO grows in stature, Aafreen says.
Interacting with mediapersons here, Aafreen, who is in the midst of preparations to participate in Miss Supranational 2015 at Warsaw in Poland said EDBF is aiming to build a strong family of volunteers who will be trained on the importance of early detection of common diseases specific to rural areas. “These volunteers in turn will go and spread the message on the diseases among the rural masses and the NGO has taken breast cancer to start its activities with,” she adds.
The aim of EDBF is also to create an urban for rural health movement that is friendly, fresh and energetic. While those in urban areas are spoilt for choices when it comes to health treatment, this is not the case in rural areas, where people tend to seek medical help only when it is often too late to do anything. “EDBF will hold the first of its check up camp for breast cancer in Dakshina Kannada in January 2016 once Iam back from the Warsaw beauty pageant,” she says.
Armed with a certified first aid provider tag awarded by St John New Zealand, Aafreen said the NGO will also strive to train volunteers – boys and girls in first aid. The breast cancer initiative will involve women volunteers and the third initiative mooted – that is to spread the message of basic hygiene practices too will involve both boys and girl volunteers, she said. NGO will initially limit its activities to rural Dakshina Kannada and parts of Maharashtra, she noted.