360° Coverage : Initiative to fight non-communicable diseases launched

Initiative to fight non-communicable diseases launched

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) A five-year programme to fight the rising burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in India with an initial focus on improving outcomes for people with diabetes and high blood pressure was launched here Thursday.

Dec 13 2012, 8:56am CST | by

Initiative to fight non-communicable diseases launched
Photo Credit: DAMIEN MEYER, Getty Images

New Delhi, Dec 13 — A five-year programme to fight the rising burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in India with an initial focus on improving outcomes for people with diabetes and high blood pressure was launched here Thursday.

The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) with pharmaceutical group Eli Lilly's launched 'Uday' -- a $30-million global initiative to tackle NCDs.

In the first phase, the project will be implemented in Vizag (Andhra Pradesh) and Sonepat (Haryana) to strengthen diabetes and high blood pressure care capabilities in terms of prevention, detection and effective management.

Based on the unique research, report and advocate framework, the programme aims to demonstrate cost-effective scalable approaches for effective diabetes and high blood pressure management.

"Diabetes and its complications represent a rapidly expanding public health concern that is expected to affect 552 million people by 2030 with devastating health and economic consequences," said K. Srinath Reddy, president, PHFI.

"Through this approach, the programme will focus on sharing results with key stakeholders, including government and the global health community to encourage adoption of the best solutions," he said.

The primary partners for 'Uday' in India are PHFI, Population Services International (PSI) and Project HOPE.

Commenting on the launch, Melt Van Der Spuy, managing director, Eli Lilly and Company India, said: "Non-communicable diseases are a major health challenge for India and there is a pressing need to address its rising burden. The programme support identification of innovative solutions to contribute to this fight against diabetes in India."

Chronic diseases disproportionately affect the economically disadvantaged, with 80 percent of all NCD deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries.

NCDs are a major contributor to poverty and a barrier to social and economic development.

India is home to over 61 million diabetic patients -- an increase from 50.8 million last year. By 2030, India's diabetes burden is expected to cross the 100-million mark as against 87 million earlier estimated.

India's diabetes burden is second to China, which has 90 million people with diabetes (2011) that will increase to about 130 million by 2030.

IANS

 
 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/8" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com. Luigi posts regularly on LuigiMe.com about his experience running I4U.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

$75,000 Apple Watch revealed
$75,000 Apple Watch revealed
When Apple's designs are not exclusive enough then there are 3rd parties who add gold and diamonds to the iGadget to make them precious. Brikk announced the Lux Watch, a diamond studded version of the Apple Watch.
 
 
Sony will not Sell Off TV And Mobile Spinoffs
Sony will not Sell Off TV And Mobile Spinoffs
Sony President Kazuo Hirai clarified on Wednesday that the company will not immediately sell off the spun out TV and mobile phone business.
 
 
Apple Watch gets 12-page Vogue Magazine Ad
Apple Watch gets 12-page Vogue Magazine Ad
The March issue of Vogue Magazine packs 12 pages of Apple Watch ads.
 
 
Wearables that go beyond the Apple Watch
Wearables that go beyond the Apple Watch
Apple Watch is going to open a new chapter in wearables, but where is the future?