India won an award from United Nations for its Hypertension Control Initiative which is a large scale hypertension intervention within existing primary healthcare system under National Health Mission (NHM).
The achievement comes at a time when World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that one in every four adults in India suffers from hypertension and only 12% of these adults have hypertension under control.
Taking to Twitter, Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said “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”.
The ‘2022 UN Interagency Task Force, and WHO Special Programme on Primary Health Care Award’ was announced at the UN General Assembly side event at New York, USA.
IHCI is a collaborative initiative of the health ministry, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), state governments and World Health Organization-India.
The initiative was launched in 2017, and expanded in a phased manner to cover more than 130 districts across 23 states. Under the initiative, at least 3.4 million people with hypertension are taking treatment in government health facilities, including Ayushman Bharat Health Wellness Centres (HWCs), according to the government data.