Non-communicable diseases rise in India
New Delhi: India’s worst fears on the health of its citizens has been confirmed. A comprehensive study, the first of its kind, reveals that a health crisis is spanning the entire spectrum of ailments, from lifestyle-related diseases to the persistent scourge of malnutrition.
While life expectancy rose, data revealed that six out of 10 Indians (in 1990 it was less than one in three) now succumb to non-communicable diseases (NCDS) like heart diseases, child and maternal malnutrition is the leading cause of premature death and poor health and the burden of tuberculosis is the highest in the world.
Worse, this disease burden varies, indicating a widening health gap between the nation’s wealthy and poorer states. The India State-level Disease Burden Initiative, was a joint study conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. PAGE 22