Together we beat Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

23 Mar 2017 KHPT Photo credit:

Improving Response to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

A state level workshop to facilitate learning and collaborative action was organised on 21st March 2017 in Bangalore, jointly organized by National Health Mission (NHM), Government of Karnataka, Landmark Group and Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT). The objectives of the workshop were to

  • Disseminate information and learnings from different NCD initiatives implemented both by the Government and private sector
  • Examine gaps in evidence related to NCD prevalence among vulnerable communities
  • Explore opportunities for collaboration to design and implement integrated models for NCD prevention, treatment and care.

The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Shalini Rajneesh, IAS, Principal Secretary to Government, Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Karnataka. The chief guest for the workshop was Dr. Rathan Kelkar, IAS, Mission Director, National Health Mission, Government of Karnataka. Shri Venkataramana B, Group President, Landmark Group and Mr Mohan HL, Managing Trustee, KHPT were also present for the inauguration. The key note address was given by Dr. Denis Xavier, Vice Dean, St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore.

During her inaugural address, Dr Shalini spoke about the efforst being made by the Government. She also said, “It is very shocking when we hear that 60% of the deaths are caused due to NCD. Our costs of health care are very high but our quality is not improving enough. The Govt. is providing several services but additional simple interventions we help supplement our current efforts to improve the health parameters in the entire state. It is an excellent opportunity for CSR and NGO partners like KHPT to come forward, join hands with the government and share knowledge to put best scientific innovations to use so that people are healthy and happy in their homes”.

In his Chief Guest address, Dr. Rathan Kelkar spoke of India’s dismal performance in the area of health stating that India had the unique distinction of being No. 2 in diabetes in the world next to China and No. 1 in maximum number of deaths due to NCD in the world among populations below 60 years of age. In this context, he shared, “CSR and the Government working together is the need of the hour. We need to share our roles and responsibilities to be able to positively impact the indexes”

In his key note address, Dr. Denis Xavier NCDs presented on the Status of NCDs in India, the global mandate, the current research and the way forward. He suggested improvements in surveillance and monitoring, use of technology, strengthening role for community health workers and increasing awareness on risk factors and treatment for public as critical next steps.

The workshop had about 125 participants from the private sector, civil society organisations and the Government sector, all working in the area of prevention, treatment and management of NCDs in Karnataka state.