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Hemanth M*, Shivla S*. Premanand S**, Tamilmaran P**, Lovakanth N**, Ganapathy K**

*Landmark Group & **Apollo Tele Health Services

In 2015 Landmark an MNC as part of its social initiatives embarked on a first of its king ‘Get Active’ programme. This involved mass screening and education for NCDs. Apollo Tele Health Services was requested to execute this programmme. The primary goal was to identify beneficiaries ‘at risk’ of developing Diabetes. There wasa Social Health Education (SHE) component which would promote health literacy for a selected group, who would in-turn act as evangelists. The programme envisions creating awareness and promoting health seeking behavior in the public, to reduce the incidence of Diabetes and other NCDs. Such a radical transformation could only be achieved by deployment of state of the art ICT (Information and Communication Technology)

Methods:

The programme is currently being carried out at Bengaluru, Chennai and Delhi NCR locations. A team of 21 (per location) were intensively trained on soft skills, management skills to organize the camps and were given basic clinical information on NCDs. Inclusion criteria for screening werea) age above18 years, b) students in educational institutions, c) workers in industries and d) the community. An in-house developed Information and Communication Technology (ICT) system integrated with mobile devices like tablets and laptops were deployed to collect and store information systematically.In addition to demographic details, height, weight, waist circumference, blood pressure and Random Blood Sugar (RBS) were obtained. If RBS was >140mg/dl HbA1C was done. A questionnaire was administered to obtain details of risk factors. The Indian Diabetes Risk Score (IDRS) was then calculated. If IDRS was more than 60 and RBS>140 mg/dl, lipid profile was also done. The SHE content was also shown to those ‘at risk’.

Results:

A pilot project (‘Beat Diabetes’) was carried out in Bengaluru city from to date 2015. 54,978 beneficiaries were tested for RBS, of which . 10,305were above 30 years and 44,673 were below 30 sex distribution. 719 (1.6%) between 18-30 years and 1569 (15.2%) above 30 years had high RBS >140mg/dl. 1053 women were educated on different aspects of Diabetes.In 2016 the programme is being continued with increased deployment of technology. From May 2016 to September 18th, 74,641 individuals have been screened for NCDs, of this 37,192are females, and 37,440 are males. 2754 (3.69%) individuals had high RBS and out of which 1348 were tested and identified with high RBS for the first time.   

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*Landmark Group

**Apollo Tele Health Services

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