Indian Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI)

  1. The Indian Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI) is a 5-year initiative involving the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Indian Council of Medical Research, state governments, and WHO-India.
  2. IHCI aims to accelerate progress towards the Government of India’s NCD target by supplementing and intensifying evidence-based strategies to strengthen the building blocks of hypertension management and control.
  3. The Government of India has adopted the “25 by 25” goal, which aims to reduce premature mortality due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025. One of the nine voluntary targets includes reducing the prevalence of high BP by 25% by 2025.
  4. Hypertension is a serious and growing health issue in India today. There are an estimated 20 crore adults with hypertension, of whom approximately 2 crore have it under control.

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