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National NCD Summit on Strengthening Policies for Diabetes Care

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as termed as ‘silent killers’ and are rising gradually and affecting the country’s productivity. According to experts from the field, an effective public-private partnership can tackle the problem.

‘NCDs are silent killers and have become a global health emergency. Eight out of 10 Indians are suffering from NCDs in urban areas and six out of 10 in rural areas,’ Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Abu Hasem Khan Choudhary said.

The minister was speaking at the two-day ‘National NCD Summit-Strengthening Policies for Diabetes Care’, which began last Friday. The summit aimed to strengthen the ongoing efforts of the government in managing the increasing burden of NCDs.

Member of the Planning Commission, Sayeeda Hamid said that multi-sectoral collaborative efforts will help address present and future challenges posed by NCDs such as diabetes. The plan for the health sector in the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) cannot be an isolated but integrated with the plans of all sectors.

Health Secretary, Keshav Desiraju expressed the need to have an intermediate level of public healthcare workers in addition to the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs).  He said that there should be specific models of public-private partnerships evolved with clear identification of roles and responsibilities.

The NCD summit was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with Eli Lilly and Company, Health and family welfare ministry and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

According to this article, more than 61 million people in India have diabetes, compared with 50.8 million last year — an increase of over 12 percent. By 2030, more than 100 million people in India will likely develop the disease. In addition, the International Diabetes Federation estimates that 9.2 percent of adults in India have diabetes, making its prevalence second only to China. In 2012, diabetes caused 983,000 deaths in India, the largest contributor of mortality.

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