Since 1987, YKI has helped the community by giving free cytostatic drugs to cancer patients who are unable to provide for themselves through government health insurance programs (Jamkesmas/Gakin/SKTM).
The HHC program provides home-based care for terminally ill cancer patients through a team of doctors, paramedics, social workers and volunteers. Special emphasis is placed on the psycho-social-spiritual aspects of treatment. This home visiting program is free of charge. However, if the patient needs medicines or medical equipment, it is the patient and their family’s responsibility to purchase them. The program also engages in knowledge transfer between the HHC team and the patient’s caregiver or family, ensuring that the caregivers can be fully involved in the provision of palliative care to the patient.
The Reach to Recovery program has been running since April 1997 and helps breast cancer patients who need information and medical support, whether psychological, moral or emotional. The program implementers are breast cancer survivors who have already undergone the process of the medical treatment. The program also implements health awareness and education activities, which are supported by PPKS. This program has become a forum in which ex-cervical cancer patients are able to provide support for newly diagnosed patients as they undergo treatment. PPKS also implements a cervical cancer campaign in the community and provides low-cost pap smears. to help finance its activities, this program has received funds from a pharmaceutical company that produces cervical cancer vaccinations.
The operational costs incurred by the programs above are covered by the interest received from their saving accounts. In addition to monetary support, YKI also receives help in the form of office space, construction of clinics and medical equipment. Another source of YKI’s financial assistance comes from the InOA, founded in March 2000. InOA is dedicated to helping patients with stomas. YKI receives contributions from the Friend of Ostomy Worldwide (FOW)-Project Share, USA and the FOW-Project Share, Canada. An activity of InOA is distributing stoma bags (ileostomy/colostomy/urostomy bag) to ostomy patients, especially in low-income communities. The patients are also given information and moral and medical support before and after surgery to improve the quality of their life. Other activities of InOA are building stoma clinics, providing courses on how to treat stomas, and running short courses for doctors and talks on ostomate laryngectomies.