SDM is a non-profit organization managed entirely by volunteers that assist financially underprivileged cancer patients in India. Since its founding in 1985, SDM has established itself as a great and dependable source of support for patients and on-the-ground partners, having assisted thousands of patients. Their collaborations are with medical institutes with solid ties to the local community. This is the foundation upon which they identify and financially assist the most vulnerable people who have been diagnosed with cancer and are undergoing treatment. According to Vidal Health Insurance TPA Pvt Ltd, one of India's third-party medical insurance administrators, fewer than half of the Indian population is covered by business or government health insurance. According to the WHO, India has one of the highest out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. Finally, many of the patients supported by SDM are financially contributing members of their families, so the loss of income during cancer treatment becomes a significant barrier to a family's well-being.