As 2016 comes to an end, I go back to my address at the 50th OPPI Annual General Meeting in which we collectively imagined an India where no child dies of a vaccine-preventable disease; where no new mother suffers or dies from lack of basic care; where every citizen has access to quality healthcare and where we are innovating to discover new drugs and solutions to meet our healthcare challenges. There is a real possibility to collaborate and leverage the huge progress being made in digital technology to achieve healthcare for all.
Current estimates of the incidence of cancer in India by the WHO and other health agencies saythere are 1 million new patients each year. Cancer has profound social and economic consequences for people in India, often leading to family impoverishment.
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) have become the leading cause of mortality in India. A quarter of all deaths is attributable to CVD. Coronary heart disease and stroke are the predominant causes and are responsible for more than 80 of CVD-related deaths. The World Health Organisation’s Global Burden of Disease study estimates that the CVD death rate of 272 in every one lakh people in India is higher than the global average of 235 in one lakh people.
With a death rate of 142 per lakh people, India tops the world table of mortality from lung diseases. Respiratory diseases like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD), pneumonia, tuberculosis (TB) are emerging as major health problems in the country. According to studies, pulmonary fibrosis comprises 15 per cent of the pulmonary physician’s practice. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has estimated the incidence of COPD as 5 per cent in Indian men.
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“Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) is becoming a grave threat to public health and this problem extends across the globe.”
“India is committed to combating Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). However, a collective action is required by all stakeholders within a country and by all countries within a region. India, will be very happy to work with other Member States towards this common goal”, said Shri JP Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare. He was speaking at the inauguration of the 3-day International Conference on Combating Antimicrobial Resistance, today.”
On behalf of everyone at OPPI, we take this opportunity to wish your loved ones and you, a Happy & Prosperous New Year.
Even as we anticipate the opportunities and prepare for a challenging 2016, I’m certain that together, we will continue to infuse hope and optimism in the lives of patients and their families in the New Year
As OPPI turns 50 this year, we propose to mark this half century by bringing together India’s pharma industry leadership to celebrate our progress and help chart a course for the future. ‘Healthy India, Innovative India’ is our theme during this Golden Jubilee year and our flagship event will be held on October 17, 2015 in the Grand Ball Room, J W Marriott, Sahar, Mumbai.
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