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WHO’s Action Plan for Prevention and Control of NCDs

New Delhi: WHO has developed a comprehensive Global Monitoring Framework and Action Plan for prevention and Control of NCDs (2013-2020), which was endorsed by the 66th World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2013. The Framework includes a set of nine voluntary targets and 25 indicators which can be applied across regional and country settings. India is the first country globally to adopt the NCD Global Monitoring Framework and Action Plan to its National Context. Regional Consultation to develop a comprehensive National Action Plan was organized by MoHFW and WHO Country Office for India in Guwahati (29-30 November, 2013), Bengaluru (13-14 December, 2013) and Delhi (19-20 December, 2013). Participants included over 250 senior health officials from the national, sub-national level (from all States and Union Territories), experts and civil society representatives. The Government of India is implementing various NCD programmes as under through the State Governments:- (i) National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases & Stroke (NPCDCS). (ii) National Programme of Health Care of Elderly (NPHCE). (iii) National Iodine Deficiency Disorders Control Programme (NIDDCP). (iv) National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB). (v) National Mental Health Programme (NMHP). (vi) National Programme for Prevention and Control of Deafness (NPPCD). From 2013-14 onwards, the interventions up to the district level for prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment under NCDs programmes have been brought under the umbrella of National Health Mission (NHM). A flexi pool of funds for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) has been created. The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He is serving as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University, the university which controlling 440 colleges of Engineering, Management, Pharmacy & Architecture colleges in Gujarat.

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