The First Regional Civil Society Consultation on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), for the Northern Region, was organized by Healthy India Alliance in collaboration with Generation Saviour Association and The Union South East Asia in Mohali, Punjab on November 22, 2017. The Consultation brought together multi-disciplinary Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from in and around Mohali to discuss the role of CSOs in NCD prevention and control. Resource persons included representative from the Department of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory of Chandigarh, GSA, The Union South East Asia, HRIDAY and PGIMER, Chandigarh.
Healthy India Alliance is a coalition of multi-sectoral, pan-India CSOs working to address NCDs by generating awareness, building capacity, empowering CSOs and people living with NCDs. HIA supports strengthening of health promoting norms and policies, addressing the key modifiable risk factors for NCDs – tobacco use; alcohol use; unhealthy diet; inadequate physical activity and even environment-related risk factors. The focus of HIA’s work is around a gamut of serious NCDs including, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases and mental health conditions.
The workshop is inaugurated by Dr. G B Singh, Deputy Director (NCD), Govt. of Punjab. During his session he elaborated the initiatives taken by Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab. Dr. J S Thakur, Professor from School of Public Health, PGIMER takes the technical session and said there are 22 diseases which included in NCDs. In India 60 percents are occurred due to NCDs that are preventable he added. Dr. Kajal, Deputy Director (NCD), Govt. of Haryana put light on the steps taken by Govt. of Haryana for NCDs control. Dr. R J Singh, Regional Deputy Director from The Union said that civil societies can play an important role to create awareness on control NCDs among masses. The aim of the workshop is to involve stakeholders from the health and non-health sectors in order to develop a strong CSO movement which can work on inter-linkages among development, economics, environment, health and many more important sectors. Tobacco Control is an integral part of NCDs control said Dr. Rakesh Gupta, Deputy Director and Chief Chemical Examiner. 90% oral cancers are due to use of tobacco and for tobacco control passion is most important factor. Ms. Prachi Kathuria, Project Officer, HRIDAY said civil societies from North Region must take some initiatives for NCDs control. In India, NCDs account for a staggering 62% of all deaths. The country stands to lose $4.58 trillion before 2030 due to NCDs and mental health conditions. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India (MoHFW, GoI) has notified 10 national targets to reduce the burden of NCDs, with the overall target aiming to reduce pre-mature deaths from NCDs by 25% by the year 2025 she added on.
Ms. Opinder Preet Kaur, President, GSA said that to save future generation from NCDs knowledge must impart from the childhood and necessitate to starts the school level Interventation. She said that CSOs not only play an important part in the progressing towards the national NCD targets and the SDGs, but are also important link in the effective implementation of the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) at the state and district level. Addressing India’s vast NCD burden is particularly challenging. Although NCDs are themselves linked to health, however, the causes and solutions are deeply rooted in the non-health/development sectors said Dr. Sonu Goel from PGIMER. Smt. Surjit Kaur, Vice President, GSA thanks all the participants to spare their precious time for this noble cause.