2018 marks the completion of 25 years of Nalamdana working with poor and vulnerable communities all across Tamil Nadu to deliver health impact through social and behavioral change communication. To mark the occasion, Nalamdana hosted Nalam Night 2018 on February 3, 2018 in Chennai, where more than 150 well-wishers and supporters came together for a night of fun, food, and fund-raising. Attendees enthusiastically participated in a silent auction that raised resources to finance some of Nalamdana’s ongoing programs.
Nalam Night this year had a special theme: cancer. While facilities for cancer treatment in India continue to grow, there is insufficient awareness about the role of human behavior in preventing cancer as well as in its early detection and treatment. To address this gap, Nalamdana is teaming up the Society for Oncological Imaging and with oncological treatment centers in Chennai to develop locally appropriate cancer prevention and treatment support materials in Tamil and English. Dr. V. Shanta, Chairperson of the Chennai-based Cancer Institute gave the keynote address at Nalam Night 2018.