“Women’s health, hygiene & nutrition” is the current focus under DBT’s women societal upliftment programme of DBT. The Department has supported major programme on cervical cancer screening, genetic disorder & counseling, pregnancy-related complications, breast cancer screening & post-operative care. While education on menstrual hygiene, cervical cancer & preventive measures were conducted in several villages involving more than 2,000 women, including school girls, around 5,000 women were offered cervical cancer screening services through village based camps. A network programme on Breast Cancer Screening was implemented in four districts of Northeast, namely Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura with the help of Cancer Foundation of India, Kolkata.
A project for awareness, counseling, screening & education to prevent genetic and congenital disorder has been implemented in West Bengal and a web-based portal (www.genomegyan.com) on genetics has been developed to popularize it as a subject among medical students and physicians.