Assisting to Suppress Number of Patients, UNAIR Extends Collaboration with Indonesian Cancer Foundation

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UNAIR Rector signing the MoU with the Chairman of YKI East Java. (Photo: Binti Q. Masruroh)

UNAIR NEWS – Community service is one of the university three values (Tri Dharma). One of the community services conducted by Universitas Airlangga academicians is handling cancer in Indonesia, especially East Java.

UNAIR Rector Prof. Dr. M. Nasih, S.E., M.T., Ak, with the management of Indonesian Cancer Foundation led by Nina Soekarwo extended their management by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Wednesday, November 23. The collaboration will go on until 2021, after the previous one from 2011 to 2016.

The signing of the MoU was done in Hayam Wuruk Hall, East Java Governor Office. There was also a new YKI of East Java management inauguration. Some figures present in the occasion were East Java Governor, Regional Secretary of East java, also Japanese and American general consulates.

As a non-profit organization, YKI has 96 branches from Sabang to Merauke. YKI collaborated with some parties to deal with cancer, such as regional government of East Java, National Health Insurance Regional Division and academicians of UNAIR.

In his speech, Nina said that cancer can cause negative effect to the patient and the family. The impact meant was psychological disorder and anxiety by patients of family.

“All this time, cancer treatment was expensive as well as the psychological impact and anxiety was great. Therefore, YKI contribute in the preventive measures,” said Nina.

In the occasion, there are four points of collaboration. First, the empowerment and improvement of Cancer treatment network in East Java. Second, human resources improvement through publicization, training, and internship in YKI branches. Third, development of reference system to manage and develop database of cancer patients in East Java. Fourth, development of cancer researches in East Java.

UNAIR participation in dealing with cancer with YKI has been well-established. According to Prof. Nasih, there are academicians of UNAIR who become volunteers, medical staff , social staff and also psychological staff to ease the patients’ burden. Through the collaboration, UNAIR Rector hoped that UNAIR involvement in YKI’s activity can suppress the number of patients in Indonesia, especially in East Java.

“Hopefully, we can contribute more in our expertise. We have knowledge, experience and science. We can dedicate our work to the society. Of course it was only a small part from the things needed by YKI,” said Rector.

East Java Governor appreciated the inauguration of YKI’s management and extension of collaboration with other parties as Health is an important factor in building civilization.

“People’s prosperity can be measured from the health and education. Good education is positively correlated with prosperous health. So East Java, prioritizes education and health in the development,” said Soekarwo.

The event was attended by Vice Rector III UNAIR, Director of Facilities and Environment Infrastructure, Head I YKI, YKI volunteers and related parties. It was then continued with a seminar related to cancer treatment. (*)

Author : Binti Q. Masruroh
Editor: Defrina Sukma S

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