The Government of Kerala has given utmost importance to carry out social welfare measures covering the needy sections of the population. Kerala has taken the lead to show that state can provide social security to all those in need by harnessing its resources and mobilizing public participation. Kerala Social Security Mission (KSSM) is a Charitable Society under the Department of Social Justice. The Mission has made tremendous impact on the Social life of Kerala within a short span of time, by implementing various schemes like ‘Cancer Suraksha’, ‘Thalolam’, ‘Vayomithram’, ‘Disability Certification Camp’, ‘Snehasparsham’, ‘Snehapoorvam’, and Our Responsibility to Children.
Cancer remains a leading cause of mortality in Kerala. Among children, though many types of cancer are curable today, the treatment is often prolonged and expensive. The patients and their families therefore face a dilemma -- the painful choice of cost versus care. Several families abandon treatment mid way, which also contributes to the high mortality rate. As per the estimate of Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, there are 800-850 new pediatric cancer patients every year.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes that disability arises from the combination of impairments and barriers that "hinder full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others". The impairments can include "long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments" whilst the barriers can be attitudinal or environmental. Disability has long been regarded as a social issue, requiring social responses. A person with disability may need assistance - formal or informal - to fully participate in society.
Sruthitharangam (Cochlear Implantation Scheme) intended to provide free surgery to children in the age group of 0-3 years, who are suffering from deafness. The early identification and intervention procedures initiated within six months of age should be the golden standard for the holistic development of a child with hearing loss.Cochlear Implant are proven options for the treatment of profound hearing loss. Over 2,00,000 people have been implanted world wide.