After ‘Champions Of Earth’, India Wins UN Awards For Combating Non-Communicable Diseases


Recently, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi was awarded United Nations’ highest environmental honour, ‘Champions of Earth’ award for his leadership in International solar alliance and pledge to eliminate single-use plastic by 2022.

Now, India’s health ministry along with National Health Mission’s Director, Manoj Jhalani have been conferred with the UN Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) Award for their contribution towards prevention and control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

The award ceremony which took place in New York on sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly saw Union health minister JP Nadda accepting the awards on behalf of the health ministry, the Hindustan Times reported.

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National Multisectoral NCD Action Plan was developed by the Indian Health ministry that involved 39 ministries to combat the non-communicable diseases. President of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), K Srinath Reddy had nominated the Action Plan for the award categories.

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NCDs lead to 62% of deaths in India and the health ministry’s action plan focused on areas of tobacco control, control on excessive consumption of fats, salt, and sugar along with controlling air pollution.

India not only adopted the World Health Organization’s Global Action Plan on NCDs but also set its 10th target by undertaking the the National Monitoring Framework on NCDs.

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Photo: BCCL/Patient friendly services being inaugurated by the Union Health ministry

The NMAP which is considered as the national blueprint for combating non-communicable diseases was established by conducting various meetings with diverse stakeholders from various government departments, civil society organisations, academic and research institutes, policy think-tanks and policy experts.

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WHO India office had nominated Manoj Jhalani for his contribution in strengthening the national programme for controlling NCDs. The programme not only covers all the states and union territories now but has grown by leaps and bounds in the last four weeks.

According to media reports, the government has also initiated a population level screening, early detection, risk reduction and management initiative in almost 200 districts under the programme, which aims to provide free diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up to 500 million adults.





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