“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” Indeed a little help from you could save lives of vulnerable sex workers who are living difficult lives. And that's why, we appeal to you to you donate so that they can be given the gift of life: The HPV vaccine that can protect them against Cervical Cancer.
-Dr. Loretta Scott
15-year-old Swapna (name changed) of West Bengal was trafficked and forcibly brought to a brothel at GB Road , the red light district area of Delhi where several other girls like her are brought and forced into sex work against their will. She was a young girl who was oblivious of what was happening to her as the pimps who she was sold to forcibly had sex with her. After this, she refused to let any men near her. But in the world where she was, she had no free will. Her Brothel 'madam' beat her, and let several men rape her so she would give in. She was beaten, tortured and remained unfed for days until she gave in to their demands and began sex work. She has no say and no autonomy over her body as her clients behave with her as they please, often having unprotected sex with her and being violent with her.
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However, the vaccination still remains inaccessible to several girls and women in India, and especially to the sex workers who are at the fringes of the society. Also, Cervical Cancer vaccine is also not covered as a part of the National Immunisation Program in India and since it is expensive, it remains out of reach for many including the vulnerable sex workers.
Vaccination against the HPV is the most effective long-term intervention for reducing the risk of developing cervical cancer. Doctors recommend three doses of the vaccine to fully protect a women against the HPV and consequently Cervical Cancer.
The approximate cost of fully vaccinating one female sex worker is INR 12710. This includes the cost of three doses of vaccination, pap smear screening and the cost for setting up the logistics required. (The Pap Smear screening will allow us to assess if the beneficiary sex workers is already exposed to the HPV, in which case they will not be eligible for the vaccine.)
I hope that you will find it in your heart to join me in this initiative so that we can protect vulnerable sex workers against the deadly Cervical Cancer! Please donate as per your comfort ad spread the word!
FROM THE FUNDRAISER ORGANIZER:
Hi, I am Aarna Bhura, a 14 year old student from Sardar Patel School, Delhi. I have been actively engaging with Delhi based NGO Sachhi Saheli for the last two years and have been working with them to create awareness on menstrual health and hygiene.
This fundraiser is very close to my heart as along with my mother who is a social worker, I have witnessed the plight of several women who are unable to access essential healthcare. It is my deepest wish to devote my time and efforts to help as many of them as I can in any capacity possible. I strongly believe that access to proper healthcare, can drastically improve the quality of life of women in India, thereby helping them be more productive members of the society and enabling them achieve to their goals and wishes in life.
And I urge you to join me in this mission through contributing towards and sharing this campaign, so that together we can do our bit in improving the lives of women!