Lymphedema is a condition characterized by lack of adequate flow within the lymphatic system. If the lymph drainage channels or lymph nodes in a part of the body are blocked or removed or damaged, lymph fluid can build up in that area and cause swelling. An accurate diagnosis and treat of lymphedema especially in the early stages is important.
Lymphedema can progress to be incurable if not managed through appropriate treatment. As this condition is relatively less researched globally, awareness of the disease and access to treatment options are limited.
Our broader goal consists of raising awareness, instituting education and providing outreach through appropriate lymphedema therapies
Through India Lymphedema Foundation, we offer you educational and medical resources to diagnose and treat lymphedema in a timely and scientific manner.
India Lymphedema Foundation will enable patients, care-givers and medical professionals to access relevant information; obtain the skill-set to provide lymphedema therapy as well as connect patients with medical professionals.
To further our efforts, it is important to better understand the landscape in India around lymphedema occurrences, current trends in diagnosis and therapy options as well as existing infrastructure for training and education of the medical professionals such as physical therapists. Here are our next steps.
Formalizing education and training for the therapists and patients
Instituting treatment centers that will be accessible to the patients
Establishing community service projects
Disseminating information through social media and other media outlets for outreach
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Learn about Hospitals in Chennai and Mumbai providing lymphedema care services
We are excited to organize India’s first publicly offered LANA certified Complete Lymphedema Certification course (Nov. 25 – Dec. 3, 2017) at Tata Memorial Center.
The Complete Lymphedema Certification Course is LANA (Lymphology Association of North America) accreditated and provided by Academy of Lymphatic studies. It is a 135 hours course that includes a 45-hour Home Study Program, followed by the 90-hour class for their live lecture and hands-on instruction.
Over 15 candidates from Mumbai and other parts of India have registered in this course.
We continue our efforts in spreading lymphedema awareness and in training therapists to extend the much needed treatment to thousands and thousands of sufferers!