Expert Roundtable on Non-Communicable Diseases Emphasizes Prevention and Global Cooperation
NEW DELHI, February 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
India Health Progress (IHP) in association with Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
(PFCD) today organized an expert roundtable on ‘Non-Communicable Diseases Burden in India:
Strategizing the Way Forward’ at Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi. The conference stressed that
Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are the prime cause of death and disability worldwide,
having killed more than 36 million people in 2008. Indians are presently prone to four
major NCDs – cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and chronic lung diseases.
Speaking at the event, Dr Kenneth Thorpe,Chairman- PFCD, said: “Since Indians have
high risk factors for NCDs, preventive measures should be implemented urgently. WHO data
indicates there will be a cumulative rise in heart diseases, stroke and diabetes, with
India slated to lose $237 billion between 2005 and 2015 due to illness-related causes. But
nations cannot act in isolation; global cooperation is imperative to combat the NCD
Chronic NCDs have replaced communicable diseases as the most common causes of
morbidity and premature mortality worldwide. About 80% of disease burden occurs in low and
middle-income nations, with 25% being individuals under 60 years. By 2015, two diseases -
cardiovascular diseases and diabetes – are expected to reduce global GDP by 5%.
Recognizing the threat, India’s 12th Five-Year Plan will cover major NCDs such as cancer,
diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and stroke, chronic pulmonary diseases, chronic kidney
diseases, mental disorders, Iodine Deficiency Disorders and ortho-dental disorders.
Dr Anil Dhall, ex-HOD & Director, Cardiology, Artemis Gurgaon, said, “To boost the
prevention of NCDs, all hospitals in India should focus on community needs rather than
bottom-line pressures. Coming to individuals, as advice about lifestyle changes are
resisted, awareness and attitudinal change are crucial.”
Dr S V Madhu, Prof and HOD-Department of Medicine, University College of Medical
Sciences, said, “Simply raising slogans or awareness levels won’t work in controlling
NCDs. Behavioural change strategies and healthy family environments are imperative.
Containing the problem at the family level delivers cascading benefits at the societal
Other keynote speakers included Dr Damodar Bachani, Ex-Deputy Director General, NCDs,
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare; DrTarun Seem, MBBS, IRS; and Dr Prashant Mathur,
Scientist D, ICMR. While Dr Bachani discussed the socio-economic impact of NCDs, Dr Seem
spoke about defining the role of public and private entities to combat the burden, Dr
Mathur touched upon the role of research and Dr Dhall dwelt upon effective techniques and
building capacity to tackle rising prevalence rates. A roundtable discussion followed the
speeches, wherein participants made myriad suggestions to combat NCDs.
Thanking participants for their insights and suggestions, Mr Aman Gupta, Principal
Advisor, IHP, concluded: “With sustained exposure to risk factors such as tobacco,
unhealthy diets, obesity, sedentary lifestyles and stress being the main cause of NCDs, it
devolves upon all stakeholders to ensure that lay people are sensitized to the dangers of
unhealthy lifestyles. As cures can be costly, time-consuming and disruptive, it’s best
that individuals and the authorities pursue preventive steps. Since the multi-stakeholder
approach is best to tackle NCDs, IHP acts as a catalyst in bringing all stakeholders
together to address this burgeoning problem.”
About India Health Progress
An independent body launched on 15 August 2010, IHP seeks to bring together all
likeminded entities and experts – doctors, healthcare spokespersons, opinion leaders and
policy-makers – to address longstanding issues of healthcare and its inaccessibility in
India. IHP therefore organizes periodic expert roundtables to facilitate relevant policy
reforms and propel healthcare issues into public consciousness.
About Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
The PFCD is a national and state-based US coalition of hundreds of patient, provider,
community, business and labor groups, and health policy experts, committed to raising
awareness of policies and practices that save lives and reduce health costs through more
effective prevention and management of chronic disease. More than 120 leading
organizations from across the US, and hundreds of partners in the 17 states where the PFCD
is active, have joined the organization since its launch in May 2007.
Media Contact Kaavya Murthy +91-11-4666-8640 Kaavyamurthy@indiahealthprogress.in
SOURCE India Health Progress(IHP)