Heart disease and stroke and diabetes are the world’s leading health problems. Approximately 18 million people die from cardiovascular diseases every year and another 420 million people live with diabetes. The burden of cardiovascular disease and diabetes are especially high in South Asia, one of the most densely populated regions in the world.
The ambition of the Global Health Research Unit on Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease in South Asians is to create an inter-disciplinary environment that fosters development and implementation of acceptable, equitable, scalable and sustainable approaches to reduce the burden of type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The North India, Max Healthcare team led by Principal investigator Dr Sujeet Jha is involved in three projects within this program (Project 1, 3 and 5).

The surveillance project (Project 1) in this program aims to improve the understanding of unique behavioural, environmental and genetic factors driving cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes. We provide digital high-quality health assessments that are delivered by a research trained technical team. The North-India, Max Healthcare team has successfully been running two NIHR GHRU health observatory sites as a part of the surveillance project. One of our sites is located at the Salwan Trust Dispensary in Inderpuri, and the other is located at Poornima Sethi Multi-Speciality Hospital, Kalkaji.

Some of our achievements till date include:

1.  NCD screening of 5000+ individuals

2.  3045 households approached for screening

3.  490 individuals referred to the physician

We look forward to many more achievements in the coming months.
The Frontline Health Worker project (project 3) in this program aims to develop and evaluate platforms for training and care-co-ordination by primary health care (PHC) teams in South Asia, to improve prevention of T2D and CVD. Our North India, Max Healthcare team will use a pragmatic quantify the impact of our interventions on clinical, health system and health economic outcomes, taking advantage of our health observatories.

Our Population based primary prevention of non-communicable disease project (project 5) is a population-based lifestyle and environmental intervention to help reduce the risk factors of cardiovascular diseases and type-2 diabetes.

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Intake 24 System (One of the components of NGHRU Project) Max Healthcare (A unit of Devki Devi Foundation) has partly joined hands with the University of Cambridge, Institute of Metabolic Science, UK to collect online 24 hours Dietary recall. We are currently in the process of using this automated system to record Dietary data of our NGHRU Surveillance project participants. For more info, please visit to know more about the Intake 24 System.