Monday, September 4, 2017

Teen Deaths in India...time to change our National Health Priorities for young India

·         Teen Deaths in IndiaFigures provided in the HT article related to teen deaths (Self Harm) are really alarming and provide a new window to look at our National health priorities for young people once again.Today we can see around how stereotypes about people with mental health problems, including alcohol dependence, are portrayed in movies, mass media and press, with the use of derogatory terms such as “psycho” or “nuts” or in Hindi “Paagal”. We see depictions of them as being violent and dangerous people. This portrayal of mental health in popular culture becomes a major source of stress for young people effected and affected by mental illness and addiction. The young people are going through personal crises beyond these manifestations. The Young India has been ignored. These socially transmitted conditions and crisis are not addressed adequately by people around them and policy makers.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

NCDs in India – The problem & the mandate to act

Healthy India Alliance In India, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) account for a staggering 60% of all deaths. The country stands to lose $4.58 trillion before 2030 due to NCDs and mental health conditions. Cardiovascular diseases, accounting for $2.17 trillion and mental health conditions ($1.03 trillion) will contribute to major economic losses. The mounting social and economic costs of NCDs warrant immediate action to mitigate its long term effects.

NCDs in India – The problem & the mandate to act

In wake of growing evidence on the impact of NCDs on India’s economy and social fabric, Health Ministers in India have time and again echoed views of health experts on the need for a comprehensive model for NCDs and mass awareness campaigns. Following the World Health Organization’s Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs, 2013-2020, India became the first country to adopt a set of 10 National targets as part of India’s National Action Plan (link is external) to reduce premature NCD mortality by 25% by 2025. In addition to the set of 9 global targets under WHO Global Monitoring Framework for NCDs, India stepped up to adopt a tenth target of reducing household air pollution (link is external) by 50% by 2025.

A diverse but unified civil society will strengthen the response to NCDs

In 2015, a consultation of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from the South-East Asian Region was organized by NCD Alliance and the WHO South-East Asia Regional Office to advance NCD prevention and control in the Region.  The meeting of CSOs from diverse sectors led to the formation of the Healthy India Alliance, with the aim to facilitate active participation of health and non-health CSOs in the prevention and control of NCDs through effective policies, partnerships and programmes. The Alliance, set up by a group of reputed, pan-India organisations committed to NCD prevention and control, now includes 16 CSO members working on a range of aspects related to NCDs and their risk factors, including advocacy, multi-pronged research, policy reviews and health promotion programmes and campaigns. The involvement of well-established and reputed organisations on a common platform like the Healthy India Alliance will make the civil society voice stronger and add credibility to NCD related campaigns in India.

Building momentum: Early Days, Strong Commitment, watch this space

The First National Civil Society Consultation on NCDs in India was organised by the Healthy India Alliance with support from the WHO Country Office for India, NCD Alliance and American Cancer Society from 25th to 27thApril 2016. Over 80 CSOs from all over the country participated in the two and a half day Consultation and committed to join efforts to achieve India’s NCD targets.

Speaking at the inaugural of the consultation, Prof. K.S. Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India and Governing Board member of the new Alliance said,

“The role of the Healthy India Alliance is to catalyse NCD prevention in the country by providing a platform for health and non-health organisations to partner for collaborative civil society action on NCDs under the Sustainable Development Goals.”
He added that: 

“It is an historic moment for the country that the Healthy India Alliance is instrumental at an early stage of the SDGs.”

Friday, August 18, 2017

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Science knows about the correlation of cancer and alcohol use since the 1980s. The International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC), the WHO’s research body, classifies alcohol as class one carcinogen since 1988.
“Indian society is losing more than it is gaining due to alcohol”
Alcohol can also significantly drain family budgets, since costs for NCD-related health care, medicines, and costs for alcohol diverts the household’s income and resources from ensuring food and nutrition security and from basic education.
the adverse physical and mental health, social, environmental and economic consequences of NCDs affect all, particularly the poor and vulnerable populations. Nada India has been working on prevention of NCDs with a focus on alcohol and tobacco use at primary and secondary levels by using treatment readiness, peer based approach and capacity building of peer led rehabilitation centers.
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Nada India as a member of the Healthy India Alliance sees it as an opportunity to build partnerships for strengthening systems related to alcohol prevention, treatment and rehabilitation in India. 

NCDs affect millions of people in many different ways, from those living with cancers, heart and lung disease, and diabetes, to loved ones and health workers caring for those affected. Share your story on how NCDs affect you.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The report of WHO Mapping of Indian CSOs for Prevention and Control of NCD is now available.

The report of WHO Mapping of Indian Civil Society Organisations for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases is now available.   Key highlights include:
Resourcing and lack of coordination are the top challenges for CSO response to NCDs in the country

  1. State level CSOs are more enthusiastic about collective action
  2. CSOs outside the health sector have interest, experience and potential to contribute to the NCD response
  3. Capacity building is the priority for younger CSOs, while those with more years of experience prefer advocacy for policy change.
  4. The report also lends insights into the specific sub streams in the CSO movement (by NCDs, risk factors and related issues) that you may find relevant to your respective areas of work. 
Healthy India Alliance ,(Nada India is governing board member ) helped to disseminate survey and gather response. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

State government foisted ‘criminal cases’ on women demanding closure of wine shops in residential areas...

Hundreds of women staged a hunger strike in front of the Prakasam Bhavan here on Monday demanding closure of all liquor shops on the national and State highways following the Supreme Court’s order in letter and spirit.

Leading the protest, National Federation of Indian Women State general secretary P. Durga Bhavani said it was unfortunate that the State government had issued a notification to change the nomenclature of the highways into district major roads to circumvent the court’s order passed to prevent road mishaps.

Instead of restricting liquor shops, the State government foisted ‘criminal cases’ on women demanding closure of wine shops in residential areas, she lamented.

Noting that campaigns against HIV/AIDS and smoking had paid dividends, NFIW State president V. Jayalakshmi said a similar campaign against liquor should be undertaken by the government sincerely to wean away people from the vice.

When States like Bihar and Gujarat could implement prohibition what prevented Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in implementing his poll promise of closing down all belt shops and introduce prohibition in phases, asked All India Democratic Women’s Association district secretary Munwar Sultana......

Friday, June 23, 2017

Alcohol has been kept out of the purview of GST... read more about its impact...?

According to Mr. Dev Bhushan Kalra,Chartered Accountant, author of book  “Not Everything On G.S.T Just Definitions ”, the alcohol for human consumption has been kept out of the purview of Good Services Tax due to two major reasons. First, a constitutional amendment would be needed to be made for the same. Second, it is one of the most revenue generating activity in the States. 
To understand the impact of GST on alcohol, we need to differentiate between the internal and the external factors that may drive the price of alcohol with the onset of GST. The internal factors are the supply chain and the existing laws that govern the manufacture and sale of alcohol. Since GST as on date has kept alcohol output out, hence the existing law provisions will apply. Thus no or little change would accrue as this is what is happening today (before GST).
What is interesting is that the inputs for the same are now in the purview. This is what the external factors are. Changes in the tax slab of raw materials, freight and the inadmissibility of input credits (thus leading to cascading effects of tax) may have a negative impact and push the price upward, as in GST the grunt of taxes is to be borne by the ultimate consumer. 
The general intent of the government seems to dissuade people from consumption of alcohol but a rise in the prices may not hamper the demand much. We have the history of boot-legging of alcohol as a guiding proof. The rise in prices would also be made due to the impact of state taxes, if increased, as revenue from the same would be sort of a compensation to states for forgoing existing state-based tax levies on other goods. Thus, the price of alcohol even if not directly impacted by keeping alcohol out of GST, would be impacted by various other factors that would come into play. 
Alcohol herein refers only to alcohol for human consumption, as industrial use alcohol lies within the gambit of GST. 

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Healing process starts once you take away the alcohol & bring people together: Suneel Vatsyayan,

Healing process starts once you take away the alcohol & bring people together: Suneel Vatsyayan, Founder NADA India Foundation
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Udta Bihar: Huge spike in substance abuse, alcohol bootlegging year after ban

The India Today investigation discovered Bihar might just be going the Udta Punjab way, with alcohol prohibition opening new floodgates to addiction.

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