BAYER collaborates with Sarsuna College in Kolkata to raise mass awareness on Endometriosis, through the ‘EndoRun’ - Songoti

BAYER collaborates with Sarsuna College in Kolkata to raise mass awareness on Endometriosis, through the ‘EndoRun’

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Kolkata: As a continuation of the efforts during Endometriosis Awareness Month in March, Patient Academy for Innovation and Research with support from BAYER completed the third leg of the first-ever EndoRun at Sarsuna College in Kolkata, today. The EndoRun is a mass awareness initiative that brings together survivors and their families, healthcare providers, researchers, and advocates, to march for a shared cause around Endometriosis. The goal is to raise awareness about endometriosis, spark a national conversation around the condition, and call for greater support and resources for individuals and families affected by it. The awareness initiative saw more than ~100 participants from various patient groups.

Endometriosis is a common, chronic, gynaecological condition, which affects over 247 million women globally and 42 million women in India1. It is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus2. Women with endometriosis suffer from chronic pelvic pain, fatigue, depression, and infertility. Diagnosis of the condition is often delayed by 6-10 years, significantly reducing a woman’s overall quality of life.


The EndoRun started from Sarsuna College and was graced by Dr. Subhankar Tripathi (Principal, Sarsuna College) and Dr. Basab Mukherjee (Gynaecologist, Obstetrician, Reproductive Endocrinologist (Infertility)- Kolkata) along with distinguished doctors and other patient support groups rendering support by offering expert guidance on endometriosis.


Dr. Ratna Devi, Director Patient Academy for Innovation and Research, said, “Raising awareness is crucial to address the issue of delayed diagnosis and treatment for women experiencing severe symptoms and excruciating pain. Unfortunately, their voices often go unheard or are dismissed as women’s health takes a backseat in many households. It is imperative to advocate for improved early detection and treatment options. Creating a safe and supportive environment where women can openly discuss their experiences and provide mutual support is an urgent necessity.”


Dr. Basab Mukherjee appreciated the initiative and quoted that it is time for women to rise up and no longer bear the pain.


"Endometriosis is a condition that affects millions of women worldwide. With our deep-rooted expertise in women’s health, we are committed to improving awareness on endometriosis. We are delighted to partner with PAIR and provide support to initiatives that will contribute to helping women access better healthcare solutions. Information and communication among patients, and patient groups are essential to fast-track the endometriosis diagnosis. At Bayer, our goal is to improve the health outcomes of women through research and development and by introducing new treatment options for diseases including Endometriosis." said Mr. Deepak Chopra, Business Unit Head, Women’s Health, Bayer Zydus Pharma.


A coffee table book which is a collection of patient stories aimed at empowering patients to take the right steps to connect with gynaecologists that features their journey and diagnosis was also launched. The book will equip women to understand the condition through the perspectives of these women. The event also featured interactive sessions like Zumba, which aim to promote a healthy lifestyle among women.

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