GACD - Leveraging India’s national NCD program

Project Details

This Scale-Up intervention is a five-year project (2019-2023) that draws on evidence-based approaches to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in India to better link and integrate prevention with disease management at both a community and systems level. This project aims to design and deliver a scalable Structural Lifestyle Modification program adapted from previous NCD trials in India for rollout across the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in India.  The intervention model consists of an integrated screening and lifestyle modification program, which includes peer group and community mobilization components and technology enablement, to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease control, to provide support for individuals with diabetes and/or hypertension and for individuals with moderate to high levels of cardiometabolic risk. The model leverages India’s Community Health Workers and Accredited Social Health Activists to deliver the programs in their communities.  Developing the program will involve a co-design process with health services and community stakeholders in both states and ongoing collaboration with State NCD managers to integrate the program into the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, and Stroke.


Professor Brian Oldenburg,
Dr Bipin Gopal
Dr Jerard Maria Selvam
A/Prof Jeemon Panniyammakal
Prof Ajay Mahal
Prof Kavumpurathu Thankappan
A/Prof Mohammad Ali
Dr Ganeshkumar Parasuranan
Prof Barbara McPake
Prof John Chambers
Prof Pilvikki Absetz
Dr Satish Thirunavukkarasu


State Government of Kerala
State Government of Tamil Nadu
Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Kerala
National Institute of Epidemiology, Tamil Nadu

Research Group

Non Communicable Disease Unit

School Research Themes

Prevention and management of non-communicable diseases (including cancer), and promotion of mental health

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Nossal Institute for Global Health

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