CanKids..Kidscan, National Society for Change for Childhood Cancer in India, is organizing the first ever cause related exhibition at the Taj Mahal, Agra. The exhibition is a part of the Go Gold India – Taj Goes Gold & UP Goes Gold campaign, which is a childhood cancer survivor led campaign.
The most important element of the exhibition will be Chalo Chalein Taj programme under which 1,500 children with cancer, survivors and families will visit the Taj Mahal for this exhibition. CanKids will be taking these children as part of their Patient & Family Engagement – Social Mobilization & Social advocacy Taj Goes Gold Fiesta & Chalo Chalien Taj campaign from September 25th to 27th September, 2016. UP CM Akhislesh Yadav has also supported the campaign and tweeted “UP to Go Gold with CanKids”.
A formal programme and inauguration of the exhibition will be organized at The Gateway hotel and the Chief Guest of the programme will be Anup Chandra Pandey (IAS, Commissioner, Lucknow and Principal Secretary (Medical Education), it will be attended by other important dignitaries of UP government also including Gaurav Dayal (DM Agra), Dharmendra Singh (ADM, Agra).
Anup Chandra Pandey (IAS, Commissioner, Lucknow and Principal Secretary (Medical Education) has said that it is necessary for cancer free country, it is necessary that NGOs, civil society and government have to work together to make this a reality.
As part of the Go Gold India – Taj Goes Gold & UP Goes Gold campaign, childhood cancer survivors are also collecting 2, 50,000 signatures, one for each child diagnosed with cancer worldwide. Through the campaign the survivors want to advocate to central and state government that childhood cancer should be a child health priority in India.
CanKids and survivors are trying to make a difference in paediatric cancer in India through their advocacy efforts and the result of such efforts was the formation of Task Force in Uttar Pradesh by Anup Chandra Pandey (IAS, Commissioner, Lucknow and Principal Secretary (Medical Education), which will be working to bring a change for childhood cancer in UP. A cancer centre on the module of Tata was also proposed to be setup in the state. A task force on the same line will also be formulated at the central level in November, which will work closely with all sections including, hospitals, NGO’s and other stakeholders for change for Childhood Cancer in India.