Visually impaired women in India are using their heightened sense of touch to conduct routine tactile breast examinations. Known as Medical Tactile Examiners (MTEs), these women are trained and employed to help doctors detect early signs of breast cancer in women. Their work is saving lives, especially in areas where healthcare is less accessible. Candidates in the MTE program undergo a rigorous nine-month training– in which they learn about science, medicine, English communication and computer skills– followed by a three-month internship in a hospital under an oncologist. The nonprofit Enable India, which provides MTE training in Bengaluru, “works on shifting the narrative about persons with disabilities,” says Shanti Raghavan, the NGO’s founder. By offering their services, these MTEs are empowering other women and making a meaningful contribution to society. The MTE program also increases trainees’ confidence as they develop new skills and become more independent.

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