Cancer and Diabetes Ends There (CADET)

An initiative to reduce cancer and diabetes among the senior citizens of rural areas.


India being the second most populous country in the world with a population of 1.4 billion is having a big challenge ahead in the field of health care especially in the rural parts of the country where 70% of its population resides. Chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer are the main hurdles that are faced by the rural population.

Surprisingly in this age of instant communication, the rural households have less opportunity to communicate and thereby having proper awareness. While the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as cardiovascular ailments, cancer, diabetes, stroke and chronic respiratory diseases, is surging unabated in India, suicide remains the leading cause of death especially women.

The prevalence of diabetes in adults aged 20 years or older also increased from 5.5% in 1990 to 7.7% in 2016, which was highest in the more developed states such as Tamil Nadu and Kerala and in New Delhi. Taking the whole Scenario, Towards Youth Foundation took the initiative of introducing a health awareness programme especially women in different part of Tamilnadu.

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Cancer and Diabetes Ends There (CADET)-the project developed by TYF to create health awareness among the senior citizen of the rural areas about cancer and diabetes. The project is initiating its functions from different district of Tamil Nadu. This project is targeting the senior citizens especially the women in the rural areas.


The project aims to create health awareness among the senior citizens of the rural areas about cancer and diabetes


The project conducted awareness programmes and camps in various districts in the state of Tamil Nadu. The project hired the help of health professionals who are fluent in the local dialect to communicate effectively avoiding jargons in medical terminologies to the rural senior womenfolk. Special emphasis is given to the women because they are more prone to malnutrition.

From the direct interactions with people, it was observed that, the women who are undernourished are working more time despite of their health issues to meet the ends. Irregular timings of work which results in irregular timings and amounts of the consumption of food gradually pave the way for gastric disorders such as diabetes, obesity and ultimately, cancer. Our Team used their sincere efforts to communicate with the people in the local language by explaining the cause, course and impacts of these diseases.The villagers were surprised to know about the ways through which these diseases were prevailing.