Recognising that India is experiencing a rapid health transition with a rising burden of NCDs, now considered as a developmental burden, Association of Health Providers India, Public Health Foundation of India, Indian Council of Medical Research, Indian Space Research Organisation, National Board of Examinations along with other key partners from government, research institutions, academia and international agencies joined hands to organise the National Health Conclave 2017 with the theme Chronic Care – Innovation, opportunities and Challenges.
In his inaugural video address JP Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Government of India“Combating NCDs is one of the most significant challenge for the public health community globally and our government is geared up to tackle the chronic disease epidemic efficiently and effectively. I am glad that the National Health Conclave 2017 is developing a road map to address the issues related to Chronic Care Conditions that is a need of the hour. I am sure that the Conclave will be a constructive step towards a multi-sectoral collaborative approach to strengthen healthcare systems in India by bringing all stake holders on one platform to find constructive and lasting solution.”
Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are now considered as a developmental burden where, out of 56 million global deaths, 38 million deaths were due to NCDs in 2012. Almost three quarters of all NCD deaths (28 million) & the majority of premature deaths (82%) occurred in low-and middle- income countries. (Global Status Report on Non Communicable Diseases, 2014). Cumulatively, NCDs contribute to huge losses in productive years of individuals resulting both in catastrophic health expenditure at individual level and macroeconomic loss at national and international level
In her address Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research in her address lauded the organisers AHPI and PHFI for getting a huge number healthcare organizations and relevant stakeholders together to discuss and create a strategy to tackle the prevalence of NCDs in the country under the umbrella of National Health Conclave Alliance. “NCDs requires action at different levels and at various times we have been flagged about the high prevalence of NCDs, especially after multiple data has raised concerns over India's alarming malnutrition rates and disease burden. There is a huge potential for control and prevention of NCDs through early screening and we need to emphasize on understanding the social-economic and cultural contexts in countering the rising NCDs, further laying stress on social behavior change.”
Dr Alex Thomas, Organising Chairman of the Conclave and President AHPI in his address said “Advancement in science has led to a fair level of success in our fight against communicable diseases. However we are now being faced with an alarming increase in the number of Non – communicable diseases. Most of the NCD’s are chronic and are associated with a huge loss of potentially productive years (35-64yrs) and also account for 42% of all deaths. NCD’s are a great “equaliser” affecting both sexes, rich and poor, urban and rural in almost equal proportions. In order to strengthen the fight against NCD’s, we at AHPI along with PHFI and other key partners have joined hands to organise the National Health Conclave 2017 with the theme Chronic Care – Innovation, opportunities and Challenges."
At the National Health Conclave, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its first healthcare intervention, Health Quest, a compendium of best practices on Emergency Medicine and Critical Care jointly developed by ISRO along with representatives of specialists from Society of Emergency Medicine India (SEMI), Indian Society for Critical Care medicine (ISCCM), National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) Consortium of Healthcare Organizations (CAHO), Association of Healthcare Providers India (AHPI), Public Health Foundation of India and NBE.
The conclave brought together all stake holders, including the Government, Research Institutions, Academia, Industry, Public health experts, community and International agencies on one platform to deliberate and evolve strategies to combat the looming threat of NCDs where India is unfortunately slated to become the country with the largest number suffering from NCDs in the world.