New Hypertension Initiative Launches in India

Middle left - Dr. Alka Aggarwal Singh, Country Director, Vital Strategies; Middle right - Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Director-General, Indian Council of Medical Research and Secretary, Health Research, Government of India

Middle left - Dr. Alka Aggarwal Singh, Country Director, Vital Strategies; Middle right - Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Director-General, Indian Council of Medical Research and Secretary, Health Research, Government of India

Last week the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) launched the India Hypertension Management Initiative (IHMI), a collaborative project between MoHFW, State Governments in India, the Indian Council of Medical Research, World Health Organization India, and our Resolve to Save Lives initiative.

More than 200 million adults in India have high blood pressure, yet just 1 in 7 has their disease controlled. In rural India, only one quarter of people with high blood pressure are aware of their condition, in urban India less than half are aware.

The IHMI is focused on five essential components of scalable treatment of hypertension. It will support the adoption of standardized treatment plans for managing high blood pressure, regular and uninterrupted supply of quality-assured medications, task sharing so health workers who are accessible to patients can distribute medications already prescribed by the medical officer, and patient-centered services that reduce the barriers to treatment adherence. Data on hypertension will be improved through streamlined monitoring systems, and the lessons learned and practice-based evidence will inform further interventions to improve cardiovascular care.  

The initiative was widely covered by Indian press, and celebrated among advocates in this field. Below and attached you’ll find a sample of the media coverage, and Dr. Frieden’s congratulatory video.

Media coverage:
Nationwide initiative for hypertension management
The Hindu
November 30, 2017

India Hypertension Management Initiative to Reduce Blood Pressure Rolled Out
United News of India

November 28, 2017

Health Ministry and ICMR Launch India Hypertension Management Initiative
Business Standard

November 29, 2017

Congratulatory Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4M0w2vdCvk

Media Statement:
New Hypertension Management Initiative In India Aims To Reduce Disability and Death From High Blood Pressure

Johnny Hsu