The Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI) hosted its Fifth Healthcare Access Summit today, supported by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers. The theme of the summit was ACT (Awareness, Capacity building and Treatment) on Non-Communicable Diseases, (NCDs); discussions centered around addressing the fast-growing risk of NCDs and measures to contain this disease burden.
The Summit brought together government officials, policy-makers, leaders from the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, global healthcare experts and other distinguished professionals. Participants discussed diverse aspects of tackling the NCD challenges and potential solutions, at a day-long event.
This attention to NCDs is being structured on four grounds: the scale of the challenge, the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Global Action Plan to contain NCDs, the need for a strengthened patient centric healthcare system and a roadmap in the form of a Declaration, at the Access Summit.
First: Over the past decades, rising income levels and increased life expectancies have been a feature of Indian economic and demographic growth. NCDs pose a huge challenge to the country's healthcare system. NCDs, including cardio-vascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, and chronic lung diseases, account for more than half the deaths in India.