India wins UN awards for Large-scale Initiative against Hypertension under NHM

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India wins UN awards for Large-scale Initiative against Hypertension under NHM

“India Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI)” is recognized for its exceptional work in the primary healthcare system

IHCI has strengthened PM Shri Narendra Modi Ji’s mission to ensure health & wellness for all: Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya

Providing people-centric care will help in reducing deaths due to heart attacks, stroke, and kidney failures

More than 34 lakh people with hypertension are taking treatment in government health facilities, including AB- Health Wellness Centres (HWCs)

By PIB Delhi

In a significant achievement and recognition of the country’s efforts against hypertension, India has won a UN award for its “India Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI)”, a large-scale hypertension intervention under the National Health Mission. IHCI has been recognized for its exceptional work within India’s existing primary healthcare system. 

Complimenting the healthcare initiative, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare stated in a tweet: “IHCI has strengthened PM @NarendraModi Ji’s mission to ensure health & wellness for all”. We are committed to building a healthy & fit India, he further noted.

A collaborative initiative of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), State Governments, and World Health Organization-India, IHCI has won the ‘2022 UN Interagency Task Force, and WHO Special Programme on Primary Health Care Award’ at the UN General Assembly side event held on 21st September 2022 at New York, USA. The award recognizes the outstanding commitment and action of India to (i) prevent and control Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and (ii) deliver integrated people-centric primary care. The UN Task Force has identified an organisation that has a multisectoral approach to the prevention and control of NCDs and multisectoral action with demonstrated results in primary care for prevention and control of NCDs and related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The significance of the initiative can be adjudged by the fact that one in four adults in India has high blood pressure. The control of hypertension at the primary care system level will contribute to reducing deaths due to heart attacks, stroke, and kidney failures.

IHCI has been able to leverage and strengthen the existing healthcare delivery system and hypertension control interventions under the National Health Mission and improve the linkages between populations-based screening initiatives with health care. The initiative was launched in 2017 and expanded in a phased manner to cover more than 130 districts across 23 states. Under the initiative, more than 34 lakh people with hypertension are taking treatment in government health facilities, including Ayushman Bharat Health Wellness Centres (HWCs). The project strategies are easily scalable within the health system. The strategies include a simple drug-dose-specific standard treatment protocol, ensuring adequate quantity of protocol medications, decentralization of care with follow-up and refills of medicines at Health Wellness Centres, task sharing involving all health staff, and a powerful real-time information system that can track every patient for follow-up and blood pressure control. Under IHCI, nearly half of those who were treated had blood pressure under control.   

The IHCI complements the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke (NPCDCS) of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. IHCI accelerates the achievement of targets of the Government of India by ensuring a continuum of care and giving a boost to the ongoing “Ayushman Bharat” programme.

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Founder Editor of IBG NEWS (15/Mar/2012- 09/Aug/2018). Recipient of Udar Akash Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain Award 2018. National Geographic & Canon Wild Clicks 2011 jury and public poll winner. Studied Post Graduate Advance Dip in Computer Sc., MBA IT,LIMS (USA & Australia), GxP(USA & UK),BA (Sociology) Dip in Journalism (Ireland), Diploma in Vedic Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, Vastu Shastra & Feng Sui 25 years in the digital & IT industry with Global MNCs' worked & traveled in USA, UK, Europe, Singapore, Australia, Bangladesh & many other countries. Education and Training advance management and R&D Technology from India, USA, UK, Australia. Over 30 Certification from Global leaders in R&D and Education. Computer Science Teacher, IT & LIMS expert with a wide fan following in his community. General Secretary West Bengal State Committee of All Indian Reporter’s Association
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