We are implementing programs at two levels – global advocacy and programs to prevent diabetes through lifestyle changes in India.

Global Programs

This year we are launching a global survey to gather the perspectives of 10,000 women in 10 countries around the world. We know that 80% of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and 40% of cancers can be prevented through healthy lifestyles, by eating healthy foods, by not smoking, and by increasing physical activity. We know women can guide individual families to make healthy lifestyle choices, and we want to hear from them directly about their challenges.

Our Work in India

The prevalence of diabetes and other NCDs in India is extremely high and growing rapidly.

  • India is home to 60 million people with diabetes, and the IDF predicts that this number will reach 87 million by 2030.
  • On average, Indians get diabetes 10 years earlier than people in Western countries. Their age of highest risk is in the middle of their prime earning years.
  • Childhood diabetes rates in India have increased three-fold over the last 30 years.
  • More than 20% of the population has at least one chronic disease; more than 10% has more than one.

The WHO estimates that diabetes, heart disease and stroke will cost about $237 billion in lost national income in India from 2005 to 2015. For a low-income Indian family including an adult with diabetes, as much as 25% of the family’s income may be devoted to diabetes care, according to the International Diabetes Federation.