- The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), State Governments, World Health Organization (WHO), and Resolve to Save Lives initiative of Vital Strategies, in a collaborative effort, launched India Hypertension Management Initiative (IHMI).
- The aim of IHMI is to reduce cardiovascular diseases related disability and death by eliminating leading risk factors causing CVDs among the adults in India. It includes improving the control of high blood pressure, hypertension by controlling the salt intake.
- The project has a primary goal of reducing mortality and morbidity due to CVDS which is known to be a leading cause for death in India. It is estimated that by improving the control of high blood pressure, CVD related deaths can be significantly reduced.
- It will focus on strengthening hypertension management and monitoring at the primary health care level, within the existing healthcare system, and is aligned with WHO’s Global HEARTS Initiative and National Guidelines.