National Association for the Blind offers training program in breast cancer detection for blind women

The Centre for Blind Women and Disability Studies at the National Association for the Blind in New Delhi, will offer a training program in breast cancer detection.

This is the second batch of the program being offered at the center. The training will be done by experts from the Discovering Hands Project.

This is a unique project started by Dr. Frank Hoffman, a senior gynecologist from Germany.

Dr Hoffman realized that blind women have a highly sensitized touch and tactile sense.

They can be trained to detect the smallest lumps of breast cancer. This helps in early and timely detection.

Once trained, the women are designated as Medical Tactile Examiners (MTEs).

MTEs are successful in detecting the smallest change in the chest tissue by using their sense of touch during a physical examination of the breasts.

NAB India is inviting applications from eligible blind girls for the second batch of the MTE training.

Here is information about candidates who are eligible to apply:

• Blind women with a minimum qualification of class 10.

• Age: between 18 to 55 years.

• Basic knowledge of science till class 8 is needed.

The duration of the course is 12 months. Candidates will be given training in computer skills, communication skills, breast specific psychology, and administrative tasks.

The training is to start from 1 April 2018. The time period for submitting applications is 15 February 2018 to 20 March 2018.

Selected candidates will get hostel facility and stipend.

Those interested can get more information from Veenita Gera at 9999397948, or Ajanta Pokhrel at (011) 41656266 and (011) 26852589. They can also write an email to

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