India is experiencing a rapid health transition with a rising burden of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). The National Health Mission of the Government of India launched the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancers, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) in 2010-11 after integrating the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) with National Programme for Prevention and Control of Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPDCS).
The focus of NPCDCS is on promotion of healthy life styles, early diagnosis and management of diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases & common cancers e.g. cervix cancer, breast cancer & oral cancer, and strengthening the infrastructure and capacity building.
Objectives of NPCDCS
- Health promotion through behaviour change with involvement of community, civil society, community based organizations, media etc.
- Outreach Camps for opportunistic screening at all levels in the health care delivery system from sub-centre and above for early detection of diabetes, hypertension and common cancers
- Management of chronic Non-Communicable diseases, especially Cancer, Diabetes, CVDs and Stroke through early diagnosis, treatment and follow up through setting up of NCD clinics
- Build capacity at various levels of health care for prevention, early diagnosis, treatment, IEC/BCC, operational research and rehabilitation
- Provide support for diagnosis and cost effective treatment at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of health care
- Provide support for development of database of NCDs through a robust Surveillance System and to monitor NCD morbidity, mortality and risk factors
The Strategies are developed based on the above objectives.
National NCD Cell