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India's State-wise Disease Burden Data Released

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NEW DELHI: The disease burden data, showing that some states have a far higher burden of particular diseases, will come in handy for planning health care policy.

India’s vice president M Venkaiah Naidu has launched India's State-wise Disease Burden Initiative report. Mr. Naidu said on the occasion: “A systematic compilation of the burden of all diseases and the risk factors behind them is needed for each state of India to plan health and other services that address the specific situation of each state.”

The report provides comprehensive estimates for each state from 1990 to 2016 for the first time in India, and offers insights into the health inequalities between the states of India.

The Vice President said: “The findings show that the overall disease burden per person in some states is almost twice as much as in some other states, and the burden rate due to the leading diseases ranges five to ten times between the states.”

The report is a joint initiative between the Indian Council of Medical Research, Public Health Foundation of India and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. These estimates are based on analysis of all identifiable epidemiological data from India over a quarter of a century.

Union Health Minister J P Nadda said, “The outline of each state in this report showing the contribution of specific diseases and risk factors to overall health can be a useful guide for states when they develop their Project Implementation Plans for health.”

He said, “I hope that the planners and experts in each state will use the findings in this report and engage with the India State-level Disease Burden Initiative to further improve health in their respective states.”

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