World Diabetes Day: First-year report of Impact India: 1000-day challenge unveiled

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Published: November 14, 2019 5:09:16 PM

Under the Impact India programme, digital platforms are being leveraged to partner with practitioners (doctors and paramedics) to evolve and implement an approach to diabetes care appropriate to India.

World Diabetes Day,Impact India,Impact India: 1000-day challenge,Indian Diabetes Care Index,Novo Nordisk Education Foundation, HbA1c ,Visakhapatnam,Kolkata,Dr Nikhil Tandon,Department of Endocrinology,AIIMS, Melvin D’Souza,Dr. A.K. Das, Denmark Ambassador Freddy Svane,Pondicherry Institute of Medical SciencesThe ambition of the programme is to reduce the national average HbA1c by 1%, which can help reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications significantly in India.

On the occasion of World Diabetes Day, the Novo Nordisk Education Foundation, on Wednesday, unveiled the first-year report of their “Impact India: 1000-Day Challenge” programme. The program was launched a year ago, to address the issue of suboptimally controlled diabetes in India. The ambition of the programme is to reduce the national average HbA1c by 1%, which can help reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications significantly in India.

Based on big data analytics, Indian Diabetes Care Index or iDCI® has been providing a real-time view of the average HbA1c in India, a key indicator of the state of diabetes control across select cities. Under the Impact India programme, digital platforms are being leveraged to partner with practitioners (doctors and paramedics) to evolve and implement an approach to diabetes care appropriate to India. iDCI® not only tracks the status of diabetes care but also helps to increase awareness, motivate and sensitise healthcare professionals (HCPs) and society.

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Certain cities have shown a dip in the HbA1c levels. Visakhapatnam in South India, Kolkata in the Eastern region, Varanasi in the North zone and Pune in the Western region are the top cities which have shown a decrease in HbA1c levels.

– Southern regions are doing well in terms of diabetes control. As observed in iDCI®, a reduction in HbA1c over the last year is seen in Visakhapatnam, Ernakulam, Bengaluru and Chennai.
> Key statistics over 1 year period from Oct 2018 to Sep 2019 – Visakhapatnam – 9.16 to 8.91 (down by 0.25); Ernakulam – 8.38 to 8.17 (down by 0.21); Bengaluru – 8.45 to 8.39 (down by 0.06); Chennai – 8.33 to 8.25 (down by 0.08)

– Barring Varanasi where the HbA1c levels dipped from 8.50 to 8.45 (down by 0.05) in the 12 month period, majority of the northern Indian cities like Delhi, Lucknow, Chandigarh etc., have seen an increase in HbA1c levels.
> Key statistics over 1 year period from Oct 2018 to Sep 2019- Chandigarh – 7.87 to 7.88 (increase by 0.01), Lucknow 8.25 to 8.45 (increase by 0.02), Delhi – 8.58 to 8.76 (up by 0.18)

– In the Eastern region, Kolkata has shown a dip in the HbA1c levels from 8.26 to 8.02 (down by 0.24) in the 12 month period, while Guwahati has seen an increase from 8.62 to 8.80 in the same period
> Pune in Western India has noted a dip from 8.15 to 8.13 (down by 0.02) in the 12 month period and Mumbai has seen an increase from 8.10 to 8.25 (up by 0.15) in the same period.

Dr Nikhil Tandon, Head of Department of Endocrinology, AIIMS, and Padma Shri Awardee shared, “India has the 2nd highest population of people living with diabetes in the world with 73 million cases, which are expected to nearly double by 2045. Diabetes control is less than satisfactory with an average HbA1c of 8.9%. Novo Nordisk’s initiative will give diabetes care a major impetus and provide medical practitioners with real-time data that can help understand and evaluate the areas of improvement and work accordingly in a systematic manner. The goal of 1% reduction in HbA1c as observed from landmark trials in type 2
diabetes is estimated to reduce the risk of stroke by 12%, a heart attack by 14%, diabetic eye disease by 31%, diabetic kidney disease by 33% and diabetic limb disease by 43% in people affected by diabetes. This will not only improve India’s healthcare status but also mitigate costly complications like heart attacks, kidney failure, blindness, etc.”

The Year One report was launched in the presence of Melvin D’Souza, Managing Trustee, Novo Nordisk Education Foundation, Freddy Svane, Ambassador of Denmark to India, Prof. Dr. Nikhil Tandon, Professor and Head, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, AIIMS, New Delhi and Prof. Dr. A.K. Das, Professor and Head, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry and Patron of the Impact India programme.

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