Medical Aid To Sri Lanka

Projects

Mammography Project (Completed)

Background

Maharagama Cancer hospital is the main cancer hospital in Sri Lanka apart from two small units in Kandy and Galle hospital. Around 1000 patients, the majority of them from rural villages visit the hospital daily. Due to absence of a mammography machine in the out patient department, these patients could not be seen on the same day, most of them have to spend the night at a nearby temple, to be seen within next two days . Screening cannot be carried out accurately due to the absence of early diagnostic equipment such as mammography machine to facilitate early detection of breast cancer in women.

Medical Aid to Sri Lanka has contributed £25,000 towards purchasing a second Mammography machine together with the Inner Wheel Club of Colombo West. This machine has now been delivered to Maharagama Hospital and was offically handed over on 11th July 2008. 

The new machine will cater for the outpatient clinics, reducing the need for patients to be admitted for this life saving investigation and reducing the waiting time, leading to early detection of breast cancer. 

We thank Imperial College Sri Lanka Association (£3,000) and Festival of Cricket Children’s Charity (£4,000) for their generous donations and all those who participated in the sponsored walk on the 23 September 2007 which raised over £5,000, all towards this project.