India Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI) is a multi-partner initiative involving the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), and the WHO Country Office for India . The cost of drugs is only Rs 200 per year per person, making it possible for the governments to scale hypertension care across all districts easily .
New Delhi, India, November 25 (BusinessWire India),: High blood pressure (BP) or hypertension affects 1 in every 4 Indian adults, yet only about 12% of them are able to achieve BP control, according to a study published in the journal BusinessWire India.A recent report has shown that multi-pronged SMART (Spezical, Measureable, Easily Obtainable, Relevant, and Timely) schemes can be effective at overcoming these challenges.This paper, published in the prestigious Journal of Human Hypertension, demonstrates that India's hypertension initiative is having a hugely beneficial effect.At a side event hosted by the United Nations General Assembly in New York, IHCI was recently recognized with the 2022 UN Interagency Task Force and the WHO Special Programme on Primary Health Care Award.Dealing with risk factors such as uncontrolled hypertension is becoming a top priority not only to save lives but also to minimize the enormous economic burden that comes from premature deaths and disabilities, which would take up to 5 crore patients by 2025.The India Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI), a multi-partner initiative involving the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), and the WHO Country Office for India will be crucial in fast-tracking and executing at full capacity, and will be aided by technical assistance from Resolve to Save Lives.Dr. Prabhdeep Kaur, co-author of the paper and Scientist and Director of the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases, National Institute of Epidemiology, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), said that IHCI demonstrated that people with hypertension can be treated in primary care close to their home, and that BP control can be achieved.The cost of drugs is only Rs 200 per year per person, making it possible for the governments to scale hypertension care across all districts easily.IHCI strategies address issues such as poor awareness of people regarding hypertension, poor treatment success due to people missing their medications and failing to return for follow-ups, and the challenges of healthcare accessibility in India's vast network of primary health services. All protocol drugs for hypertension care were available for more than 30 days at the district level and in the health facilities, guaranteeing the continuity of monthly drug refills for each patient.In a world where 50 crore Indians depend on the public health system for their care, making hypertension treatment available to everyone is a crucial success factor.There are numerous reasons why a long journey to the nearest health center, incurring additional expenses, working sick leave, and the inability to get a day off from work are among the worst in India's high blood pressure countries: around 7 percent of women and 6 percent of men are on regular medication.Although blood pressure drugs are simple to diagnose and cure, patients must continue taking them for the rest of their lives. Overall blood pressure control scores have increased, according to the report, with many states reporting the highest control rates at HWCs than higher-level facilities.According to Dr. Kalpana Apte, Director General of the Family Planning Association of India (FPAI), IHCI has succeeded in promoting and implementing hypertension education at the community level, as well as strengthening the state of Hypertension control initiative in the public sector clinics, which has also aided in the development of the national health system of India.Dr. Sudarsan Mandal, Deputy Director-NCD division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India, said IHCI was launched in 2017 with the intention of bringing high blood pressure to a normal level for as many hypertensive people as possible through Ayushman Bharat of National Health Mission (NHM).India's hypertension program received the United Nations recognition in September 2022 for showing remarkable outcomes at an early stage. Hypertension has steadily emerged as a public health concern in recent years.Soon after receiving global recognition for IHCI, Honble Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted IHCI's achievements in Mann Ki Baat, his country address, stressing that, out of the approximately half of those who have been treated, their blood pressure is now controlled.The paper presents a timely analysis of IHCIs tactics and techniques that have had such a significant effect.