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India wins UN award for hypertension control initiative

India wins UN award for hypertension control initiative – India won a United Nations (UN) award for its large-scale hypertension intervention ‘India Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI)’, under the National Health Mission that witnessed 3.4 million hypertensive people identified and put on treatment at various government health facilities.

  • The ‘2022 UN Interagency Task Force, and WHO Special Programme on Primary Health Care Award’ has been declared at the UN General Assembly event in New York, USA.
  • IHCI is an initiative which was started by the health ministry, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), state governments and the World Health Organization-India.

India Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI)

  • India Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI) has leveraged and strengthened the existing health care delivery system, and hypertension control interventions under National Health Mission.
  • It has also improved the linkages between populations-base screening initiatives with healthcare.


  • It is also called a silent disease and In India, one in four adults has high blood pressure.
  • Hypertension can cause of the deaths due to heart attacks, stroke and also kidney failures.

Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in a tweet.

“India wins an @UN award for “India Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI)” – a large scale hypertension intervention within existing primary healthcare system under National Health Mission. IHCI has strengthened PM @NarendraModi Ji’s mission to ensure health & wellness for all,”

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