Our work in India

The Indian Chapter

To control and prevent the growing burden of non-communicable diseases in India through a collective multi-sectoral response to ensure highest standards of health in the country, optimizing productivity of Indians across age groups by 2025.

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), has been working in India over the last seven years in partnership with SPAG Asia in order to find sustainable solutions to address the growing disease burden. The organization is dedicatedly working to define a clear pathway to prevent and control the growing burden of NCDs in India and find concrete actionable solutions keeping in mind the Indian demographics.

India is the first country to develop specific national targets and indicators aimed at reducing the number of global premature deaths from NCDs by 25% by 2025, an initiative in line with WHO’s Global action plan for the prevention and control of NCDs (2013-2020). Poverty is one of the biggest contributors to NCDs and vice-versa. In a country like India with limited resources, healthcare costs are very high for patients and their families. There is also a significant dependence on out-of-pocket expenses which results in the lack of prevention and diagnosis of NCDs. Reports also suggest that the prevalence of NCDs is highest in families with lowest household incomes. As the custodian of the nation’s health, the government has the lead role in safe guarding appropriate financial aid to combat avoidable diseases. We at PFCD recognize the pivotal role of the Government of India in bringing forth the much needed policy interventions to take up the challenge.
PFCD, on its part, aims to act as a catalyst to bring together relevant stakeholder groups to develop the national blueprint in this regard. The good part is that the government looks determined to change things. This is evident when the draft National health Policy 2015 incorporated NCDs as an emerging public health issue.

Work in India

Aiming at an effective response to the complex causes of NCDs, PFCD adopted a multi-sectoral approach in India. The engagement process saw PFCD foster long standing relationship with key opinion leaders from all related fields including policy, healthcare, research, pharmaceutical, medical technology, finance, insurance, academia, healthcare economics and patient groups. Seven high impact regional consultations were organized out of which five were conducted in 2014 – 15 across key locations including New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Chennai. These consultations saw participation from over 75 experts from different parts of the country.

PFCD has also carried out one-on-one discussions and update sessions with policy makers within the Government of India, both at the center as well as the state level.
The objective of these multi-stakeholder meetings was deliberating on the challenges that exist in combating the growing incidence of NCDs in the country and opportunities for different stakeholder groups to define a collective response mechanism for control and treatment of the burden.
Based on the discussions, consultation papers have been submitted to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW) and shared with all the stakeholders PFCD has engaged with.

Please click here to view the consultation papers.

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