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NCDs Management: Translating Best Practices to Next Practices

November 16, 2016

Noncommunicable Disease Summit India

Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) pose major public health challenges. Cardiovascular disease, cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and diabetes account for 60 percent of the deaths worldwide and are no longer considered “diseases of affluence.” The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW) and the Confederation of Indian Industry, along with Eli Lilly NCD partnership, are developing comprehensive regional level, multi-stakeholder consultations to sensitize, create awareness, learn and collate information on enablers and barriers to the strengthening of care and management of common NCDs.

The 4th National NCD Summit 2016 “NCDs Management: Translating Best Practices to Next Practices” was held in October in New Delhi. Once again, stakeholders convened to develop and create a compendium of best practices to better understand what the public and private sectors are doing to combat the challenges of NCDs.

Project HOPE was invited to present its continuum of care to treatment model Project UDAAN (United Dialogue and Action Against Noncommunicable Disorders) being implemented in Kanke block of Ranchi District, Jharkhand India. The UDAAN uses a 360-degree approach to address NCD with a three-pronged strategy: health promotion and demand generation, health system strengthening on NCDs, and capacity building on NCDs.

The UDAAN works to implement the Government of India’s flagship National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke (NPCDCS) guidelines. Initial scaling impacts of the project include the following.

1) The Government of Jharkhand has dedicated three days a week to cater exclusively to NCD camp referral patients for follow up.

2) The Jharkhand health department has approved the inclusion of data from UDAAN screening camps in the state management information system.

3) The UDAAN training module has been adopted to train all health functionaries in the state.

“Our aspiration is to generate more evidence to address the operational challenges of implementing the national guidelines on NCDs, document the processes and develop cost effective scalable models to combat NCDs in India,” said Dr. Laxmikant Palo, Regional Director-South East Asia, Project HOPE. “The task of addressing growing NCDs challenges can only be achieved by mobilizing the power of partnership between public and private sector.”

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