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Centre for Non Communicable Diseases

1.Name of Technical Division

Centre for Non Communicable Diseases

2.Name, Qualification, Designation and Contact Details of the Head of the Division

Dr. Sonia Gupta


Addl. Dir. & Head


Email: headncd@gmail.com

3.Other officers in the Division

(Name, Qualification & Designation)

Dr. Rinku Sharma,

MBBS, MD(PSM), Assistant Director(PH)

 Broad outline of activities of the Division:

In view of emergence of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) as a serious public health threat leading to maximum number of deaths worldwide (68% of all deaths) as well as in India (60% of all deaths), the Centre for Non Communicable Disease was established at National Centre for Disease Control on 24 February 2015 with the following objectives:

·        To facilitate policy analysis and policy development for prevention and control of Non Communicable Diseases (NCD)  in the country

·        Capacity building in terms of human resources and diagnostics, of public health facilities with special focus on primary care for prevention and control of NCD in the country.

During 2015 the Centre for NCD started its activities with the advocacy for prevention and control of various risk factors for NCD by celebrating International days of Public health importance

·        World No Tobacco Day: Poster competition and lectures by eminent faculty form WHO-SEARO, World Lung foundation and Tata Memorial hospital, to discuss the issue of illicit trade in tobacco  and its role as one of the most important risk factors for occurrence of Non Communicable diseases in India.


Addi. DG presenting memento to one of the guest speaker Prof. Pankaj Chartuvedi, Tata Memorial Hospital






Exhibition of IEC material developed by NCDC staff and their family members




·        International Day of Yoga: With the realization of holistic benefit of Yoga in prevention and control of today’s life style diseases, International Day of Yoga pioneered in 2015 by the call of our Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi Ji and celebrated all over world. On this occasion the Centre for NCD organised the talk by Dr Ramesh Bijlani and tecture & demonstration of asanas by faculty from Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga.


Dr. Ramesh Bijlani, Retd. Prof & Head Physiology, AIIMS giving talk on Role of yoga in promotion of Health & prevention and management of chronic diseases





Aacharya Sh.  Yogi Udai, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, demonstrating asanas




·        World Heart Day: An estimated 2.55 million people died from CVDs in 2014, representing 26% of all deaths in India. To raise this issue to utmost urgency level, screening for the various risk factors for NCD (tobacco, alcohol, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and blood pressure) was done among the faculty members, scientist, scholars and staff of NCDC. Results of screening were analysed and highlighted during the event celebration. On the occasion talks by experts form ICMR, AIIMS and Vardhaman Mahavir Medical College & Safdarjung Hospital were delivered on prevention and control of cardiovascular diseases.


Dignitaries from left to right

Dr Sonia Gupta (Head, Centre for NCD, NCDC), Dr S. Venkatesh (Director NCDC),  Dr B. D. Athani (Chief Guest, Special DGHS, MoHFW), Dr. D. K. Shukla (Guest of Honor, Head NCD, ICMR), Dr Sandeep Bansal (Head Cardiology, VMMC & Safdarjung hospital), Dr Kalyani Singh (Associate professor, Lady Irwin College), Mrs Swapna Chaturvedi ( Senior dietician, AIIMS)







Dignitaries and participants pledging for Heart Healthy Environment on the occasion of World Heart Day, 29th Sept 2015



To specify and explicitly lay down the mandate of newly formed Centre for NCD, an expert group meeting on NCD with special reference to NPCDCS was held under the Chairmanship of Dr NS Dharmshaktu, Addl. DGHS on 25 June 2015. Meeting was attended by important delegates from MoHFW, WHO, faculty from AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital, medical colleges and states programme officers. The expert group gave consensus on the following mandate for Centre for NCD under NPCDCS

  Advocacy with policy makers and programme managers to uplift the issue to high priority

  Development of training plan & curriculum for all category of staff under NPCDCS by partnering with professional bodies such as Indian Diabetes Society and Indian Cardiology society

  Identification of national and sub-national/ regional centres of excellence to develop training plan and to carry out the training of the concerned staff

  Monitoring & Evaluation of the implementation status of NPCDCS programme

  Planning  and  Participation in the internal and external evaluation of the of NPCDCS programme

  Participation in review meetings to monitor programme

  Coordination with National premier institutes like ICMR for development of surveillance mechanism, tools and to carry out  NCD risk factor surveys periodically

  Involvement and partnership with Community, civil society, CBO, media, corporate/private sector etc. 

As a part of the mandate the Centre for NCD has conducted the NPCDCS internal review along with EIS officers at NCDC (Cohort 2 &3) from Nov 2015 to Feb 2016, in the 10% of the 100 districts in which the NPCDCS programme was implemented in year 2010-11. The focus of the review was to assess the implementation status and outcome of the program in terms control of blood pressure and diabetes.

Officers from the Centre participated in Technical meeting on “Strengthening Prevention and Management of Cardiovascular Disease” from 21 to 23 December, 2015 and as members of the Working Group-to review and update CVD sections of current operational guidelines of the NPCDCS.

Centre for NCD is also coordinating for International Health Regulations (IHR 2005): core capacity 12 or chemical events.

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