n 2015, the NCD Alliance and World Health Organization organized a consultation of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from the South-East Asian Region in order to advance NCD prevention and control. The consultation led to the formation of the Healthy India Alliance, which will now aim to facilitate active participation of health and non-health CSOs in the prevention and control of NCDs through effective policies, partnerships and programmes.
The Alliance has been established by a group of reputed, pan-India organizations, including a number of World Heart Federation members, committed to NCD prevention and control. Through their involvement, the Healthy India Alliance will make the civil society voice stronger and add credibility to NCD-related campaigns in India.
Speaking at the inaugural consultation, Professor Srinath Reddy, Past President of the World Heart Federation, President of the Public Health Foundation of India and Governing Board member of the new Alliance, commented:
“The role of the Healthy India Alliance is to catalyze NCD prevention in the country by providing a platform for health and non-health organizations to partner for collaborative civil society action on NCDs under the Sustainable Development Goals. It is an historic moment for the country that the Healthy India Alliance is instrumental at an early stage of the SDGs.”