Vandana Gupta

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1998


This profile was prepared when Vandana Gupta was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1998.
The New Idea
Vandana Gupta, who was diagnosed with cancer and treated for it, is developing a whole new level of attitudes, perceptions, and responses that negate the stigma attached to cancer in Indian society. She is building an entire array of support mechanisms for cancer patients and their families. Her program is the first of its kind in India. It fosters hope in patients and their families, by providing information and support services to help them weave their way through the maze of treatment and social ostracism that affects all those touched by this disease.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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