I have just returned from the second annual national NCD Summit in New Delhi with renewed energy from our day with leaders from across India, who are in search of answers to the increasing challenge of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in their country. The summit focused on NCDs in general and diabetes specifically, which is a growing problem in India.
For scale, according to the International Diabetes Federation, in 2013 there were 61 million people in India with diabetes. In 2014, that number had grown to 65 million, an increase that is about three times the total number of people living in Lilly’s headquarter city of Indianapolis. The most shocking part is that the overall number of people with diabetes in India today is almost double the total number of people living in the state of California.
With an issue that is so large and growing, it needs collaboration and partnership across multiple sectors to effect change. This summit was a great example of a public-private partnership in action. Here is a link to the white paper from the cross-country consultations in India as one of the outputs of the summit. And you can view a short video here that gives more details about the summit.
Building on this momentum, we are hosting another NCD summit in India in September, in which we will bring together our collaborators from the Lilly NCD Partnership. Our partners from Brazil, India, Mexico and South Africa will gather in New Delhi to share their progress, knowledge and insights on emerging solutions to the growing issue of NCDs.
Wherever you are in the world, take a moment to reflect on the collaboration and partnership needed ahead. What will you do to bend the trend?