Cancer remains a leading cause of mortality in Kerala. Among children, though many types of cancer are curable today, the treatment is often prolonged and expensive. The patients and their families therefore face a dilemma -- the painful choice of cost versus care. Several families abandon treatment mid way, which also contributes to the high mortality rate. As per the estimate of Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, there are 800-850 new pediatric cancer patients every year.
The scheme is relief measures to endosulfan victims in the state. Under this scheme, financial assistance of Rs. 2000/- is given to bedridden endosulfan victims and Rs. 1700/- to such bedridden endosulfan victims who are getting Rs. 300/- as disability pension. All other endosulfan victims are given Rs. 1000/- based on the list of endosulfan victims furnished by District Collector.
The Problems of unwed mothers are linked with various socio-economic and cultural variables. In Kerala, this problem is coupled with the ignorance and exploitation of the backward classes.It has been pointed out that there are many women in Wayanad and other districts of Kerala who are victims of social exploitation and atrocities and are often forced to become unmarried mothers.Unwed mothers have the special need for education, employment, health care especially reproductive and child health. Quite often they are neglected from the main stream of life. The percentage of abortion related hazards and death is high among teenage unwed mothers.
The statistics reveals that in Kerala, around 75,000 children below 18 years are living in orphanages. Around 1500 orphanages are functioning in Kerala. Almost 80- 90% of the children in orphanages have families and relatives.Many orphans and vulnerable children slip further into poverty once the family’s main bread winner stops working or dies. There is nothing more traumatic for a child than to see a parent die. Added to this tragedy is the loss of adult guidance and protection. Children without proper adult care are more likely to be abused & exploited.