Non Communicable diseases Current Affairs - 2020

Khelo India Community Coach Development Programme

On June 2, 2020, the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijju inaugurated the India Community Coach Development Programme

Highlights

The India Community Coach Development Programme is a 25-day long programme for community coaches and PE teachers all over the country. The programme has been launched to give more importance to Physical Education in schools. Both the Ministry of HRD and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports are to work together to take the programme to every school. Besides regular sessions by eminent educationalists in the sports field, international expert will also participate in the programme.

Significance

The Physical Education teachers and community coaches have major role to reach every child, motivate them to participate in fitness and sports activities.

The GoI has also launched several steps to encourage people to take up fitness as their way of life. The Fit India Movement is one such step.

Fit India Movement

The Fit India Movement was launched by PM Modi. The movement highlighted the need to stay healthy amidst the modern lifestyle disorders. It was announced to celebrate the National Sports Day.

Why is the programme important?

  • The WHO says that one in four adults is not active.
  • The Indian Council of Medical Research says that the deaths due to Non-Communicable Diseases are increases. This can be reduced only through physical activities
  • The National Family Health Survey says that 11% of women and 15% of men are hypertensive. Fitness exercises will help improve hypertensive conditions.

India, Sweden join hands to set up Healthcare Innovation Centre in India

India and Sweden has joined hands to set up a healthcare innovation centre to promote research, broadly in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and help scale-up Indian start-ups in the sector. Later, AIIMS, Delhi; AIIMS, Jodhpur, and Swedish Trade Commissioner’s Office in New Delhi signed a Memorandum of Intent (MoI) to cement cooperation, to set up a healthcare innovation centre. The signing of MoI marks 10 years of India-Sweden health cooperation.

Key Highlights

The announcement about cooperation was made earlier in presence of Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.  The new cooperation among two AIIMS and Swedish side will be a broad-scoped one and work in areas of cancer and other NCDs, besides innovation.

Over the past decade, the cooperation between India and Sweden has grown in strength. The year 2019 marks Sweden-India Year of Health marking 10 years of India-Sweden cooperation in healthcare. This collaboration is built on quadruple-helix model with active participation of government, private enterprises, civil society and academia.

A ‘coordination cell’ will be set up at Swedish Trade Commissioner’s in New Delhi. It will look at entire ecosystem and will promote innovation broadly in NCDs and other disease areas, besides innovation in technology, processes, data, business models and skilling.

India-Sweden innovation centre collaboration will not only strengthen India’s efforts in finding innovative solutions for ‘affordable and accessible healthcare in India’ but will also strengthen healthcare delivery system by an outcome and result based approach.