Non-communicable Diseases Mortality to Cost a Whopping USD237 Billion to the National Income by 2015

Oct 25, 2010, 06:27 ET from India Health Progress (IHP)

NEW DELHI, October 25, 2010 /PRNewswire/ --

- Experts Say Universal Access to Preventive and Curative Intervention is Crucial

Health experts participating at a roundtable organised by India Health Progress(IHP) on economic and social impact of non-communicable diseases in India are of the opinion that a concerted effort is required to address the growing burden.

A review of variety of papers assessing the burden of non-communicable diseases in India has just been released by the Cameron Institute, an independent think tank. The Cameron Institute analysis concludes that the economic impacts of chronic non communicable disease in India will be enormous with the most preventable: heart diseases, strokes, and diabetes alone costing a whopping USD237 billion to country's national income during 2006-15.

'India Health Progress' is an independent platform, launched on August 15, 2010, aimed at bringing together all like minded organizations to address the longstanding issue of healthcare inaccessibility in India. The roundtable by IHP brought together Government organizations, NGO community, consumer advocates and industry in a collaborative effort to address an important health and economic issue that will impact India's future growth and prosperity.

Experts at the roundtable highlighted the best practices in preventing and managing chronic diseases and for promoting effective preventions and interventions. Among those who participated included Ms Kamini Walia, Director, R&D at PATH; Dr Ratna Devi, Chief Executive, Chronic Care Foundation and Dr Rana J Singh, Technical Advisor, The Union South East Asia International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.

Well known consumer expert Mr Bejon Misra made a detailed presentation on role of consumer organizations in strengthening the healthcare delivery system in India. This was followed by a presentation by Prashant Mathur, a senior scientist with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on the role of public sector in improving access to healthcare. Senior columnist Mr Ashok Malik moderated the discussion.

Mr Aman Gupta, Principal Advisor, India Health Progress, said, "India Health Progress seeks to build consciousness in the minds of Indian audience around healthcare inaccessibility. With today's initiative, we intend to generate a dialogue on growing economic and social burden of chronic non-communicable diseases, create community and political support for prevention and disease management programs and promote the private sector engagement in workplace wellness programs."

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