VHAI working with the primary goal of ‘Making Health and Development a Reality for the people of India’ is having one of the largest networks of voluntary organizations in the country. VHAI has been sincerely initiating, supporting and implementing programs at the grassroots, building up professional and managerial capacities of state VHAs and their member organizations and supporting and coordinating national programs and campaigns. With a highly qualified staff comprising of medical doctors, demographers and public health experts the organization has been implementing and coordinating several national programs and campaigns since its inception in 1970. There are separate units for communicable and non-communicable diseases under the overall guidance of the Chief Executive.
VHAI being one of the first few organizations to take up tobacco control initiatives and covered implementation of strong graphic health warnings, advocacy on bidi issues, tax increase across all tobacco products, seeking high level commitment from policymakers, comprehensive implementation of COTPA at the state-level, creating smoke-free settings, supporting the gutka ban, and media advocacy on tobacco control
Systematic Health Promotion Programme
NCDs are the leadingkillers worldwide causing two out of every three deaths. These diseases were responsible for 38 million (68%) of the world’s 56 million deaths in 2012. More than 40% of them (16 million) were premature deaths under age 70 years. Almost three quarters of all NCD deaths (28 million), and the majority of premature deaths (82%), occur in low and middle-income countries.
Social Determinants of Health
The socio-economic environment of individuals, risk factors for NCDs have become widespread. Market liberalization and agricultural subsidies have made unhealthy products easily available at reduced prices, which are causing negative health outcomes.