Support for Sri Lanka's National Cancer Institute, Maharagama, Sri Lanka (Completed)
Sri Lanka, a low-income country of nearly 20 million people, is typical of many areas of the developing world. Modest increases in life expectancy have led to a subsequent rise in the number of cancer cases. At the same time, changes in lifestyle and eating habits, due to growing urbanization, are causing a surge in chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory complaints, and, of course, cancer. It is estimated that there are in the region of 18,000 new cancer cases annually (Globocan 2002), 33% of them ending in death within a year. Patient demand for cancer therapy far exceeds available services. Cancer prevention, registration, early detection, palliation, training and civil based cancer society are either limited or not well developed.
Real Medicine Foundation, in collaboration with Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s Foundation and Cornell University has made Dr. Campbell’s Web Based Plant Based Nutrition Course through eCornell available to the staff at Sri Lanka’s National Cancer Institute. International participation will commence in March 2009. Our goal is to provide education in such cost effective, natural treatment interventions and preventive strategies to all of our clinics worldwide.