Updated on 23 April 2013
The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership
Every year, nearly two million people die from tuberculosis (TB), a curable disease. Poor adherence to the necessary drug regimen and interrupted treatment are widespread problems in resource-constrained countries. With 1.9 million new TB cases each year, India has the highest incidence of TB in the world accounting for nearly one-fifth of the global incidence. If people do not complete their treatment, or if medication is incorrectly prescribed, a more serious form of TB, multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) can arise. Though the rate of MDR-TB is relatively low in India, when translated into absolute numbers it comes to an astounding 131,000 cases of MDR-TB. In India today, two people die from TB every three minutes, a staggering number indeed. More unfortunate is the fact that these deaths could easily be avoided.
In 2003, Lilly India launched a multi-pronged philanthropic program to fight MDR-TB involving private and public health care professionals, academia, international organizations and producers of medicines in developing regions around the world. The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership has been working in India (Delhi, Kolkata, Maharashtra, Chennai and Hyderabad) for the last several years with various stakeholders to combat this daunting disease. Under its aegis, it has collaborated with the Government of India's Revised National TB Control Program (RNTCP) to assist in implementation of the DOTS Plus Program in various states. It is also working with institutions like the Indian Medical Association, NGOs and industry associations. The company made investments to ensure that thousands of MDR-TB patients receive the care and medication they need to combat this disease.
Lilly India was honored with the "Award of Excellence in CSR" by the Delhi state government and the Aaj Tak CARE Awards for the exemplary work demonstrated as part of the Lilly MDR-TB initiative.
‘Uday' - The Lilly NCD Partnership
India is home to over 61 million diabetic patients, an increase from 50.8 million last year. By 2030, India's diabetes burden is expected to cross the 100 million mark as against 87 million earlier estimated. India's diabetes burden is second to China, which has 90 million people with diabetes (2011) that will increase to about 130 million by 2030. Hence, non-communicable diseases are a major health challenge for India and Lilly realized that there is a pressing need to address its rising burden.
Under the auspices of the Lilly NCD Partnership, Lilly India recently announced the launch of "Uday", an intensive five-year program aiming to fight the rising burden of non-communicable diseases in India, with an initial focus on improving outcomes for people with diabetes and high blood pressure. Based on this unique research, report and advocate framework, this program aims to demonstrate cost-effective scalable approaches for effective diabetes and high blood pressure management. Through this approach, the program will focus on sharing results with key stakeholders, including government and the global health community to encourage adoption of the best solutions. In the first phase, the project will be implemented in Vizag (Andhra Pradesh) and Sonepat (Haryana). The primary partners in India are the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Population Services International (PSI) and Project Hope.