India the first country to develop a monitoring framework for prevention and control of NCDs

Following the endorsement of resolution WHA 66.10 by the sixty-sixth World Health Assembly in May 2013, India was the first country globally to define its national framework for monitoring the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

Explaining the rationale of the monitoring framework, Dr Nata Menabde, WHO Representative to India, said, “The growing burden of NCDs has affected all countries globally and India is no exception. The Global Action Plan 2013-2020 for the prevention and control of NCDs has an inbuilt monitoring framework with well-defined targets and indicators to monitor the progress and identify the gaps.”

“I congratulate the Government of India for proactively moving forward and developing a national monitoring framework in line with the global framework, but importantly tailoring it to its needs and requirements,” she added.

Speaking about the framework, Mr Keshav Desiraju, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, said, “Prevention of NCDs is possible through effective surveillance, multi-sectoral approach, a strong health systems response and also the new framework.”

“We plan to scale up the National Programme for Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) to cover all districts in the country during the 12th Five Year Plan. In this context, the framework will certainly be an extremely useful tool to monitor the progress towards achieving our goals,” he added.

To take this agenda forward, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, supported by WHO Country Office for India convened an Expert Group Meeting at Shimla in June 2013. The consultation culminated in the development of the National Monitoring Framework, with country specific targets and indicators, drawing from the Global Monitoring Framework for prevention and control of NCDs. The Department of Health Research also extended its commitment to this initiative.

This vision was operationalized at the sub-national level through a series of consultations, covering all states and union territories. The national action plan and targets were shared with the state health officials, academia and civil society at these deliberations. There was unanimity on strengthening the multisectoral mechanism for achieving the targets and indicators of the national monitoring framework at the consultations.

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