India has won a UN award for its initiative to control and prevent hypertension under the government’s National Health Mission.
The India Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI) has been recognized for its exceptional work within the country’s existing primary healthcare system, a Union Health ministry statement said.
“IHCI has strengthened PM @NarendraModi Ji’s mission to ensure health & wellness for all. We are committed to building a healthy and fit India,” Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted.
India wins an @UN award for “India Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI)” – a large scale hypertension intervention within existing primary healthcare system under National Health Mission.
IHCI has strengthened PM @NarendraModi Ji’s mission to ensure health & wellness for all.
— Dr Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) September 21, 2022
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 won the ‘2022 UN Interagency Task Force, and WHO Special Program on Primary Health Care Award ‘ at the UN General Assembly side event on September 21.
The award recognizes the outstanding commitment and action of India to prevent and control non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and deliver integrated people-centric primary care, the statement said. The UN Task Force has identified organization that has a multisectoral approach to 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), it said.
The ministry said that 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, it said.
IHCI has been able to leverage and strengthen the existing healthcare delivery system, and hypertension control interventions under National Health Mission and improve the linkages between populations-based screening initiatives with health care, the statement said.
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 Centers (HWCs), the statement said.
The project strategies are easily scalable within the health system, it said.
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, it said.
Under the IHCI, nearly half of those who were treated had blood pressure under control, the statement said.
The IHCI complements the National Program for Prevention and Control of Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke (NPCDCS) of the Health ministry IHCI accelerates the achievement of targets of the government by ensuring a continuum of care and giving a boost to the ongoing “Ayushman Bharat” programme, it added.
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