Ministry in tie-up to map State-level disease burden

| Updated on: Oct 12, 2015
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Move will help the govt improve health programmes, planning

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington, US, will collaborate with the Health Ministry to map State-level disease burden and risk factors.

Announcing the tie-up here on Monday in a statement, PFHI said the move will help the government improve health programmes and planning.

Noting the regional variations in disease burden due to non-infectious and infectious conditions across States, the statement said “national-level estimates do not provide enough detail for targeted-action. Hence reliable sub-national estimation of disease burden in India is crucial….”

The burden estimation in India will deploy the methods of the Global Burden of Disease study, developed by a global network of researchers coordinated by IHME.

“This initiative would work closely with a network of academic partners across India, and importantly with policy makers at the national and State-level,” said the statement.

“This collaborative effort will be a first-of-its-kind that examines the extent, pattern, and trends of diseases and risk factors across the states of the country,” said Soumya Swaminathan, Director-General of ICMR.

Published on January 22, 2018

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