Care India Medical Society is a unique public charitable trust incorporated at Pune in February 1993. The trust is providing a social support system to the community in preventive, early detection and terminal care aspects of cancer control management
The organization is currently headed by Lt Gen M A Tutakne (Retd) who is Former Commandant, Armed Forces Medical College. Late Mr. Shashi Kapoor was a Patron of this organization for eighteen years. Justice S R Bannurmath, former Chief Justice of Kerala High Court and former Chairman of Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission and currently Law Secretary to the Government of Karnataka is now a Patron of the organization. The organization has been working relentlessly in the field of cancer, especially in the alleviation of pain and human suffering and in providing highly subsidized services to the poor and needy through their programs – SATSEVA and MATRUSEVA.
On 13th June 1993, a Cancer Education and Early Detection Centre (CEED) was started focusing on cancer prevention through public education and early detection through mass screening. In a country like India where preventable forms of cancer such as cancer cervix and oral cavity cancers account for a major area of cancer management, cancer prevention through public education and early detection through mass screening are the only effective means of saving lives.
On 1st December 1994, our Patient Outreach Programme SATSEVA was launched as a service based on the concept of home care. This was the first of its kind in India with doctors outreaching the patients at home for providing free palliative care to the needy cancer patients, right at their doorstep.
Our Health Maintenance Programme MATRUSEVA was established on 1st August 1998 in order to provide services for women from lower socio-economic sections of society. The clinic provides highly subsidized treatment for common health disorders to the target population and free screening of diseases that require high-cost treatment such as cancer, tuberculosis, etc. A sub-center of SATSEVA was started at Barshi on 1st January 1999 as a rural outreach program in cooperation with the Nargis Dutt Memorial Cancer Hospital.
In September 1999, in keeping with our commitment to the underprivileged, we started a program to provide free health care to support the female inmates of Yeravda Prison. Our gynecologist from MATRUSEVA visits the female ward at the Yerawada prison once a week to examine female inmates and treat them for health problems specific to women. The Hb count, which was earlier at an average of 8 among the female inmates, has now improved to 11 among most of them. They are now better off with vaginal infections well controlled and their other ailments well attended to.
In a bid to make pathology investigations available at a very reasonable price to the poor, MATRUSEVA Pathology Laboratory was opened in the premises of the MATRUSEVA clinic on 1st January 2000. By this, we are able to provide pathology investigations at 40% of the cost in the market.
The “Critical Cancer Palliative Care Centre VISHRANTI provides inpatient care during panic situations where a patient still has a reasonable amount of residual life with all systems working. The center provides intensive care for symptom relief/ obstruction pain and sends back the patients to their homes with the encouragement that our home care programs would continue to support them with professional care at home.
All this effort is provided at Hospital VISHRANTI totally free of cost which includes admissions/investigations, 24 x 7 nursing & supportive care, diet, stay, guidance/ advice etc.
A new program called CANTREAT was started in the year 2013, under which the trust started providing free of cost chemotherapy to women to treat specific cancers. Radiation therapy is outsourced to Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and payment at 50% concessional price is borne by the Trust on behalf of the patients for whom the service is absolutely free. These patients belong to lower socio-economic sections of society.