The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) claim 41 million lives yearly, and that figure will rise to 55 million by 2030 if urgent efforts for NCD prevention and control are not made. India’s NCD burden has grown rapidly and now poses a serious public health concern. Almost 5.8 million Indians die from NCDs (heart and lung diseases, stroke, cancer, and diabetes) per year, or 1 in 4 Indians are at risk of dying from an NCD before the age of 70. India’s death rate from NCDs rose from 7.9% in 1990 to 61.8% in 2016. Cardiovascular deaths have also significantly increased during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Managing diabetes and hypertension is one of the must-take steps to curb the rapid growth in the spread and impact of NCDs. To improve the management of diabetes and hypertension in Assam at the primary care level, the World Diabetes Foundation, Piramal Swasthya, and the National Health Mission in Assam have joined hands to design and implement a project that aims at Strengthening NCD (diabetes and hypertension) Services in Assam.
To know more about the project, please download the note below. You can also read about the project here on the website of the World Diabetes Foundation.