Health Ministry with WHO, plans to uproot diabetes from India by launching a mobile initiative, mDiabetes
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 15-Sep-2017
New Delhi, September 15: Diabetes is fast gaining the status of a potential epidemic in India. To prevent this, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) in collaboration with the WHO Country Office for India and other partners, has launched a mobile health initiative for the prevention and care of diabetes – mDiabetes.
More than 6.2 million diabetic individuals have currently been diagnosed with the disease. Diabetes is multifactorial and includes genetic factors coupled with environmental influences such as obesity and other lifestyle changes. Given the challenges in early detection and management of diabetes, it is imperative to seek innovative ways that help to expand the reach of health literacy and services among the general population and high risk groups, while also improving management and quality of life in confirmed diabetics.
mDiabetes will contribute to improving awareness about diabetes and promoting healthy diets and active lifestyle, which are vital to the prevention of diabetes. mDiabetes will also enhance health care seeking and early diagnosis, contribute to better adherence to drug or dietary control, self-care, as well as prevention of complications among patients with diabetes. mDiabetes is based on proven algorithms for diabetes prevention and care, and builds on previous international experiences in using mobile technologies to deliver these interventions.