On a broader parameter, there are three areas that really need to be worked on:
- Surveillance & Policy
- Strengthening of Healthcare Systems
- Healthcare Financing
However, Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be the overarching theme which will run along all the three tracks. This would result in the implementation of a focused approach towards creating a sustainable healthcare environment in addressing the growing burden of NCDs in India.
The burden of NCDs is continuously rising in India, making this chronic disease a leading cause of death. The risk level has increased significantly due to the lack of prevention and awareness, absence of national health policy related to NCDs, and poor healthcare financing and infrastructure. It is therefore important to develop NCDs prevention and control program involving multiple stakeholders and innovative approach. There are already several successful interventions at different levels that can be replicated throughout the country to achieve the desired outcome. With a comprehensive policy-level response and improvement in health systems, India can successfully address the serious issue of NCDs and can present a roadmap for others to follow.
There is an imperative need to have a competent public health system, coupled with innovative strategies, technology-based initiatives and an efficient use of the existing resources. A multi stakeholder approach is the need of an hour where different stakeholders have their specific roles, and their experience and expertise can be utilized to set clear goals and objectives along with a roadmap to accomplish them.
The existing government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also emphasized on achieving a holistic healthcare system in its agenda. The government is presently working towards formulating a new Health Policy and National Health Assurance Mission, along with promoting traditional health methods and opening AIIMS like institutions in all states.
The PFCD, through its multi-stakeholder discussions and expert consultation meetings, is aiming to create an ideal platform where prominent policy makers, public health experts and industry professionals work in collaboration to suggest a comprehensive approach that can be instrumental in addressing NCDs and providing accessible and affordable healthcare to all.