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  Mayor Karachi gives Young Social Leader Award to Simran Salman.  
  Young social worker Simran Salman Qureshi received the “Young Social Leader Award” from Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar in a ceremony held in the KMC Head Office on Wednesday for her project “Zindagi” to provide affordable screening aimed at early detection of Ovarian Cancer in women from low socio economic background. Mayor Karachi Wasim Akthar on this occasion said it gives me great pleasure as Mayor of Karachi, that this initiative is taken by our youth in helping prevent and detect this disease in an area of Karachi where awareness of this disease is not present. On behalf of Citizens of Karachi I would like to award her the “Young Social Leader Award” He said that the young student a student of Karachi Grammar School started social work in a very early age and set up a good example for our youth who have key role in serving the ailing humanity especially those who could not afford to pay for huge medical expenditures. Simran Salman Quresh said that the Project name “Zindagi” has been started due to her personal interest in Ovarian Cancer as her mother is also a patient. The project has been started in Korangi at Korangi Landhi Medical Centre. Aim of project is to provide affordable screening for early detection of Ovarian Cancer via blood tests and Ultrasound. There are 2 clinics set up at Korangi Landhi Medical Centre for seeing patients, and approximately 30 patients are managed weekly at the Clinics from low socio economic background. About 300 patients have been screened since the start of project “Zindagi” and we have managed to detect 25 patients with increased CA 125 levels which is a marker test for Ovarian Cancer. The cost of test is Rs3000, but at “Zindagi” it is subsidized and patients if they can afford to pay spend Rs 700 otherwise if unaffording it is done free of cost. The funding for project has been from private donors, and salaries of staff, Doctor and testing is paid from funding.  






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