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GDI partners with the lung care foundation, India

Updated: Feb 1, 2022

22 of the 30 most polluted cities in the world are in India, leading to a huge burden on the lung health of Indians. In India, more than 90,000 men & 79,000 women are diagnosed each year with lung cancer.

The Lung Care Foundation is a not-for-profit organization working towards the care & cure of the 2.6 billion lungs of India via education, clinical care, and research. The Foundation was founded by Dr. Arvind Kumar (Chairman of Institute of Chest Surgery, Medanta – The Medicity, Gurugram, India), Mr. Rajiv Khurana, Mr. Abhishek Kumar, and Dr. Belal Bin Asaf.

In a previous educational awareness campaign, LCF set a Guinness World Record for creating the 'Largest Human Image of an Organ (Lung)' to create awareness about the ill-effects of pollution on lung health and motivate individuals to people-driven solutions.

LCF’s Guinness World Record for creating the ‘Largest Human Image of an Organ (Lung)’ to create awareness of the ill-effects of polluition on lung health and motivate individuals to people driven solutions

In 2018, LCF, in partnership with Health Care Without Harm, launched Doctors for Clean Air (DFCA) in India: a collective of over 40 doctors (Pulmonologists, Surgeons, Pediatricians, Cardiologist, Radiologists, etc.) representing every state of the country to pledge to be Clean Air Champions. This collective of doctors and their state chapters work to support, empower, and educate communities around air pollution and its ill effects on human health.

In order to quantify and measure the impact of LCF’s programs and thus help promote the further expansion of LCF, the Good Data Institute has partnered with the organisation with the aim of building internal impact measurement dashboards and other collateral to assist the data-driven nature of the organisation with their goals.

"We are thrilled to be working with a team of Good Data Institute volunteers with expertise in analyzing and presenting data in a meaningful way. For an organization like LCF that is working on mass awareness, capturing and highlighting impact often becomes a tedious and difficult task. With the help of Good Data Institute, we will be able to automate the process to a certain extent and be able to show it to our relevant stakeholders through impactful dashboards." – Abhishek Kumar, CEO, LCF

The GDI team is being led by Akriti Sharma (acting GDI Fellow) and a talented team of volunteers: Michael Berry, Brittany Mitro, Ivneet Kaur and Tom Taylor. Akriti Sharma is the President of the Data Science Postgraduate Society in Melbourne and works at Tri Alliance as a data scientist.

Clockwise from the Top Left: Tom Taylor (Oxford branch), Akriti Sharma (Melbourne branch), Brittany Mitro (Sydney branch) & Ivneet Kaur (Brisbane branch)

“I am excited to get involved with LCF and raise awareness about lung care among the general public, as I am a strong believer in the betterment of society through NFP causes. I have always been involved in analysing data for social good and I took on this project as it deals with a unique problem. Also, it is associated with my home country, India, which is close to my heart. I look forward to the opportunity to develop innovative data-driven solutions on impact assessments for the greater good.”

Akriti Sharma, GDI Project Lead

“When we were introduced to the work that LCF have been doing, I was blown away by their method, approach and maturity as an organisation. It's fantastic to have the opportunity via GDI to be able to offer my skills to unique organisations that are truly making a difference in the world. I'm excited by the strides that the GDI team have made on the LCF project and I can't wait to see where the projects ends up."

Michael Berry, GDI Volunteer


Get Involved:

If you’d like to engage with a team of data analytics volunteers for a pro-bono project with your not for profit, please reach out via our website to tell us a bit about your organisation, how you currently use data analytics and we can set up a call to explore your needs and how we think the Good Data Institute will be able to assist. Our community of professional pro-bono volunteers work for leading consulting firms, data science firms (Quantiful, Servian etc.), and technology giants and have a diverse set of D&A skills.

About GDI:

The Good Data Institute (established 2019) is a registered not-for-profit organisation (ABN: 6664087941) that aims to give not-for-profits access to data analytics (D&A) support & tools. Our mission is to be the bridge between the not-for-profit world and the world of data analytics practitioners wishing to do social good. Using D&A, we identify, share, and help implement the most effective means for growing NFP people, organisations, and their impact.


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