Jharkhand’s political leaders, senior government officials, experts in the field of non-communicable diseases came together recently to launch the UDAAN (United Dialogue and Action Against Noncommunicable Disorders), an initiative aimed at reducing the burden of three of the most common non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
In implementing the new, UDAAN programme, the partners will work collaboratively with the government of Jharkhand and local civil society organizations to more effectively implement the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke (NPCDCS) guidelines, which were established by the government of India to combat the growing burden of NCDs.
At the Project UDAAN launch event representatives from the ministry of health and family welfare, members of the legislative assembly, members of parliament, civil society organization, doctors and corporate leaders were present. The event was presided over by Raghubar Das, honourable Chief Minister of Jharkhand, where he appreciated the public private partnership in the form of UDAAN, indicated it’s the wakeup call for people of Jharkhand to join hands and fight against growing incidence of diabetes, HBP and CVDs.
Jharkhand health minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi, highlighted, “Jharkhand invites the participation of, Project HOPE, Boston Scientific and Vikas Bharti to work with the government in providing technical assistance to strengthen health systems, help mobilize communities and extended his support for implementation of UDAAN.”
Prabal Chakraborty, vice president and managing director, Boston Scientific said, “Boston Scientific is honoured to partner with Project HOPE and the government of Jharkhand to roll out Project UDAAN in Ranchi district. These initiatives to train, educate and strengthen the healthcare networks in the district will have a lasting and sustainable impact on the health of the residents of Ranchi. We believe that it is through public-private partnerships such as this that will extend the reach of quality healthcare to all neighbourhoods and transform the lives of patients and people everywhere.”
The new UDAAN programme embodies Project HOPE’s mission and philosophy of helping people to help themselves. Through this public private partnership, we aspire to create a movement for tackling NCDs that involves all professionals, academia, corporate sector, international partners, and civil society to strengthen both community and the health systems, said Linda Heitzman, executive vice president, Project HOPE.
Some key activities of the program will include promoting communications, social and behavioural change through interpersonal communication and community mobilization, enhance systems and capacity for treatment and management of complications at NCD clinics (only referral to tertiary care), link to state health insurance schemes, create an enabling environment for improved partnership, expand learning for planning, management and scaling NCD interventions and conduct evidence-based advocacy for improved NCD services and coverage
Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solution to health problems with the mission of helping people to help themselves. Project HOPE now provides medical training and health education, and conducts humanitarian assistance programmes in more than 30 countries. Vikas Bharti is a people’s organization which has been working with the most backward and under privileged communities in all 24 districts of Jharkhand. The organization has been extending full support to the community to ensure their rights and entitlements. The organization has its headquarters in Bishunpur, Gumla and co-ordination office at Ranchi, Jharkhand.