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Meghalaya Government partners with Apollo Telemedicine Foundation to host Cancer Conclave 2024; themed “Close the Gap”

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Shillong, Feb 12: In a unique collaboration aimed at addressing the pressing issue of cancer care in Meghalaya, the Meghalaya Government, in partnership with Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation (ATNF), proudly announces the Meghalaya Cancer Conclave 2024, themed “Close the Care Gap.”

Meghalaya Government partners with Apollo Telemedicine Foundation to host Cancer Conclave 2024; themed "Close the Gap"

The two-day conclave, held at Courtyard Marriott Shillong, was chaired by Dr. Mazel Ampareen Lyngdoh, Minister in charge, Health and Family Welfare, bringing together a diverse array of stakeholders including oncologists, cancer researchers, scholars, NGOs, industry leaders, top bureaucrats, and media representatives. The primary objective is to engage in discussions on the challenges and innovative solutions in relation to cancer care.

Addressing cancer care challenges in the region, Sampath Kumar IAS, Principal Secretary – Dept. of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Meghalaya, emphasized the need for tangible solutions. He stated, “As we gather for the Meghalaya Cancer Conclave, our aim is profound – to craft solutions that span the entire spectrum of cancer care…. by synergizing efforts, sharing insights, and nurturing partnerships, we anticipate not just a discourse but a tangible impact on cancer care in Meghalaya. Our commitment resonates: close the care gap, one collaborative step at a time.”


Ram Kumar S. IAS, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, Govt. of Meghalaya, highlighted the comprehensive approach of the conclave, stating, “In hosting the Meghalaya Cancer Conclave 2024, we are orchestrating a comprehensive approach to cancer care.”

Prem Anand, Chief Business Officer, Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation, underlined the importance of collaboration in the fight against cancer. He stated, “Cancer is a formidable adversary, and tackling it requires a united front. ATNF is proud to stand with the Meghalaya Government in this crucial initiative…. together, we strive to not only address the challenges but also pave the way for a future where no one is left behind in the fight against cancer.” ”

Key discussions at the conclave include early diagnosis, access to quality treatment, epidemiology of common cancers in Meghalaya, technology-enabled public health screening, supportive and palliative care, cancer research, the role of media in cancer care, and survivorship.

The Meghalaya Cancer Care or ‘Meg Can Care’ project, launched in 2023 by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, in collaboration with Apollo Telemedicine Foundation and World Economic Forum, reflects the government’s commitment to screening and early detection.


Distinguished dignitaries contributing their expertise include Dr. Ampareen Lyngdoh, Honourable Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Meghalaya; D.P Wahlang IAS, Chief Secretary, Government of Meghalaya; Sampath Kumar IAS, Principal Secretary – Dept. of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Meghalaya, Chairman – State Cancer Society of Meghalaya; Ram Kumar IAS, Secretary – Dept. of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Meghalaya; Ms. Indrani Kaushal, IES, Economic Advisor, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.

The Meghalaya Cancer Conclave 2024 signifies a crucial step toward creating a resilient and compassionate ecosystem for cancer care in the region. It emphasizes the importance of concerted efforts and shared knowledge in closing the care gap and bringing hope and healing to those affected by cancer.

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