Ashwini Rural Cancer Hospital and Relief Society

Institute and Location

Ashwini Rural Cancer Research and Relief Society (ARCRRS) was established in 1980 with its office at Barshi with the objective of providing comprehensive cancer care to the rural community.

Ashwini Rural Cancer Research and Relief Society is a NGO – a registered voluntary organization under the society’s registration act 1860. It established Nargis Dutt Memorial Cancer Hospital (NDMCH) in 1981 and is managing the affairs of the hospital ever since.

Project undertaken by Ashwini Rural Cancer Research and Relief Society

Tata Memorial Centre Rural Cancer Project –

Under this project planning commission of India donated a mobile van with all equipment for the checking of Cancer Systematic patient with the help of van in the beginning screened over 40 age group of surrounding villages in the Barshi tehsil with the help of NGO we have conducted cancer detection clinic as per their demand in whole of Maharashtra and adjacent state.


Nargis Dutt Memorial Cancer Hospital –

  • Hospital is situated just on the outskirts of the town of Barshi.  Well spread over 7 Acres of land.  The structures include main hospital building including wards, laboratories, operation theatre, residential quarters, garages for vehicles, accommodations for the staff, offices and laboratory provision for its various projects.  Well furnished accommodation for the WHO/IARC Project.
  • Dormitory for patients is situated very near; five minutes walking distance from the main hospital. Rural atmosphere is maintained although ‘State of the Art’ Cancer care is provide

All modern medical facility available in the hospital for diagnostic & treatment.


Rural Cancer Registry Project (Sponsor ICMR/TMC,)
The usual method of registration has been modified to overcome deficiencies in diagnostic services in rural setting. Trained field investigators visit the villages regularly and interact with the rural community to identify and motivate likely cancer cases to visit NDMCH for early diagnosis and treatment. To screen symptomatic cases, cancer detection clinics are held biannually in each of the 12 zones, into which the registry is divided. Data on cancer cases from the area are also collected from various hospitals and histopathological laboratories (situated far and wide) which serve the population. However 60% of cases are registered from NDMCH where the field investigators generally refer the suspected cases.  Information on deaths is collected from village death records and also directly from the local community (during village visits). As deaths are not generally medically certified, relatives of all deceased are contacted to collect relevant information to assist in ‘follow back’ to the medical record in the treating hospital or physician to identify proven cancer cases.


Impact of Education in Cancer Control (Madha/Karmala  Project)
(Sponsor – IARC / WHO)

Barshi Cervical Cancer Prevention Programme (BCCPP)
(Sponsor – IARC / WHO/ TMC)

Screening Technologies for Advance Rapid Testing Project (START)
(Sponsor – IARC / WHO/PATH/TMC)

Barshi Cervical Cancer Vaccination Programme (CCVP)
(Sponsor – IARC / WHO)

Expanded Registry to Cover Osmanabad Beed District –
(Sponsor – ICMR)


The ATLAS methodology given by NCRP (where in data on only cancer incidence is collected)

Data Collection – Nargis Dutt Memorial Cancer Hospital , SRTR Medical College Ambajogai, All other pathology Labs, Diagnostic Centres from where the population seeks medical care and data submit online.

Symptomatic cases were collected at Cancer clinics held in PHC and diagnosis confirmed at NDMCH.

Cervical Cancer Prevention conduct house to house annual follow up visit during the visit social investigator of this programme collected cancer cases information & submit to registry office.


Barshi Cohort Study (Nutrition Project)
(Sponsor by – T.M.C / CGHR )


Our overall goal is to investigate a cohort to test hypothesis related to physical activity, diet and life-style related behavior and potential genetic determinants of cancer in a population with a low baseline cancer risk.

We will construct a cohort of approximately 250,000 people in rural (364 villages) and urban areas (3 small cities) around Barshi over a two and half year period. The cancer outcome will be obtained by linking the cohort data with the Barshi cancer registry by resurveying cohort and by conducting verbal autopsy.

Our study design will allow us to evaluate changes in cancer risk over time a result of the demographic and life-style transitions occurring across India.