Mawlynnong/Mawlynnong Village located in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya and very near to the India-Bangladesh border. The village is 100 years old and a home to almost 90 houses. The village known for its cleanliness is located around 90 km from Shillong and is a community-based eco-tourism initiative. The community has made collective effort to maintain the ambiance of a clean village. The village offers picturesque natural beauty, a trek to the living root- bridge at a neighboring village Riwai. The village also offers a sight of natural balancing rock, a strange natural phenomenon of a boulder balancing on another rock. The adage “Neighbours envy, owners pride’ is apt for Mawlynnong as it has earned the distinction of being one of the cleanest villages in Asia, a fact that every Mawlynnong villager is proud of and other `villagers are the envy of.
Aaroogya reaching the Last Mile to initiate a Preventive Primary Healthcare Approach
19th January 2017 – Our vivid team of Medicos, Nutritionists, Anthropologists and talented camera-woman to organize our standard session of awareness session about Breast Cancer.
We did our very first door to door awareness in 90 houses. The challenges were humongous and worth experiencing. The two most distinct memories of women of two contrasting age groups. Aunt Maria initially shut the door in our faces but on constant insisting by the team, she agreed to talk to us and share that how she had lost her sister due to Breast Cancer. She was diagnosed at a stage when nothing could have been done to save her. “Late diagnosis and side-effects of General Chemo/ Radiotherapy are something we want to spread awareness about,” we said. She also showed us the handicrafts she made with bamboo and how she prepared10-11 feet long bamboo holders to hold the Dry Fish under Sunlight.
Second memorable one being Jennie, a 17-year-old girl was so shy that she was not ready to even show her face. She believed in the myth like most of them that Breast Cancer effects women in older age group. She finally came out with her little toddler cousin brother and we told her about Triple Negative.
Breast cancer cells tested negative for estrogen receptors (ER-), progesterone receptors (PR-), and HER2 (HER2-). Testing negative for all three means the cancer is triple-negative.
These negative results mean that the growth of the cancer is not supported by the hormones estrogen and progesterone, nor by the presence of too many HER2 receptors. Therefore, triple-negative breast cancer does not respond to hormonal therapy (such as tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors) or therapies that target HER2 receptors, such as Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab). However, other medicines can be used to treat triple-negative breast cancer. Found more in India than other developed nations, having a poor prognosis.
In India, young girls are getting affected at an alarming rate.
Asia’s Cleanest Village for the Right Reasons
The cleanest village in India, Mawlynnong Village is also known as God’s Own Garden and for all the right reasons. In 2003, Mawlynnong was awarded the title of the cleanest Village in Asia by Discover India. Alongside cleanliness, the village have achieved a lot- be it 100 percent literacy rate, or a women empowerment scenario that the rest of the world can only dream of.
Cleanliness is a way of life in Mawlynnong Village! All houses here have functional toilets since 2007, there are bamboo dustbins all over the village, even the dry leaves fallen from the trees go straight into the dustbin, plastic bags are banned, and smoking is prohibited. The rules are strictly followed and the defaulters are charged heavily.
That’s not all, Mawlynnong gets its own manure which is converted from the garbage dug into a pit. People not only clean their houses, they step out to sweep the roads and planting trees is a part of their lifestyle too.