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9th November 2023

BALCO’s Organizes Month-long Initiative to Raise Cancer Awareness in Local Communities

Balconagar; 9th November 2023: Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO), India’s iconic aluminium producer, recently organized a series of interventions to raise awareness among community members on the importance of the early detection of cancer. In a collaborative effort with BALCO Medical Centre (BMC), the company embarked on a mission to educate community women, frontline workers, and teachers throughout the month of October, in observance of ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’ and ‘National Cancer Awareness Day.

Recognizing the significant influence women have on ensuring their families’ health and welfare, frontline workers in disseminating health information, and teachers in playing a crucial role towards molding the next generation, BALCO chose to prioritize their awareness due to their impactful positions within their respective communities. By empowering them with knowledge about cancer prevention and early detection, the webinar sessions and awareness talks aimed at creating a ripple effect, promoting a healthier society through cancer prevention and cure. The session was led by a team of esteemed Cancer Specialists from BALCO Medical Centre (BMC), including Dr. Noopur Priya and Dr. Ajit Agarwal who spoke on the various type of cancers prevalent today, their causal factors, and the screening and treatment options available.

The BALCO Medical Centre, a state-of-the-art, 170-bed ultra-modern, multi-modality diagnostic and therapeutic facility based in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, has emerged as a national leader in India’s oncology space. It features comprehensive facilities for medical, surgical, radiation, hematological, BMT and palliative care. Since its inception, BMC has diligently served the healthcare needs of over 33,000 patients, addressing existing gaps in domestic cancer treatment, awareness, infrastructure, and expertise.

The health awareness sessions organized by BMC focused on educating women about the importance of early cancer detection and the associated risk factors. More than 200 participants were encouraged to take up self-examination and clinical screenings to prevent breast and cervical cancer. The events also included Q&A sessions, awareness discussions, advocating preventive measures, regular health check-ups, and encouraging the importance of seeking medical help. The sessions also reiterated the preventable nature of cancer through timely checks and shared wider information to the community on the treatment avenues available today.

Underscoring the importance of Cancer awareness, Mr. Rajesh Kumar, CEO and Director of BALCO said, “Early cancer detection is not just a medical necessity; it is a lifeline for individuals and their families. Early detection of cancer not only increases the chance of successful treatment but also reduces the emotional and financial burdens on patients and their families. Empowering individuals with the knowledge to take charge of their own health can create a healthier and more resilient community. By promoting awareness and encouraging early screenings, we can make a profound difference in the lives of our community members. Our interventions are a testament to our dedication towards making a positive and lasting impact on the lives of individuals and communities.”

BALCO, in its commitment to raising awareness about cancer prevention and cure, has also organized numerous free cancer screening camps within communities previously. These camps, conducted in collaboration with BALCO Medical Center, provided screenings for breast, cervical, and head & neck cancers, along with services like mammography, Pap smear tests, brush cytology, expert consultations, and general check-up services.

Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO) is India’s iconic aluminium producer. It is owned 51% by Vedanta Limited and 49% by the Government of India and. BALCO is part of Vedanta’s Aluminium Business, a division of Vedanta Limited, which is India’s largest manufacturer of aluminium. BALCO operates a 0.57 million tonne per annum aluminium smelter in Korba, Chhattisgarh. It is also a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. With its world-class smelter and power plants, the company fulfills its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

About Vedanta Limited

Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, is one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas and Metals company with significant operations in Oil & Gas, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Steel, and Aluminium & Power across India, South Africa, Namibia, and Australia. For two decades, Vedanta has been contributing significantly to nation building. Governance and sustainable development are at the core of Vedanta's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety, and environment. Giving back is in the DNA of Vedanta, which is focused on enhancing the lives of local communities. Under the aegis of Vedanta Cares, the flagship social impact program, Nand Ghars have been set up as model anganwadis focused on eradicating child malnutrition, providing education, healthcare, and empowering women with skill development. Vedanta and its group companies have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2020, and were conferred Frost & Sullivan Sustainability Awards 2020, CII Environmental Best Practices Award 2020, CSR Health Impact Award 2020, CII National Award 2020 for Excellence in Water Management, CII Digital Transformation Award 2020, ICSI National Award 2020 for excellence in Corporate Governance, People First HR Excellence Award 2020, ‘Company with Great Managers 2020’ by People Business and certified as a Great Place to Work 2021. Vedanta’s flagship Nand Ghar Project was identified as best CSR project by the Government of Rajasthan. Vedanta Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange in India and has ADRs listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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