Affordable Diabetes testing to reach rural households, pilot application invited by EoDB

According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), 463 million people suffer from diabetes worldwide as of 2020, of which 77 million belong to India, making the country second largest population of diabetics in the world.With this rise in diabetic numbers, COVID-19 pandemic also proved to be an eye-opener in terms of vulnerability of those having this chronic disease – putting them at higher risk for developing complications. With progressive healthcare budget, Government’s focus on strengthening healthcare system, foster partnership and work on preventive healthcare measures is likely to encourage tech companies to join hands in a noble initiative to manage and control diabetes.In view of this, tech piloting agency Ease of Doing Business Division (EoDB), today has opened applications for start-ups, Indian and global healthcare tech companies to provide their best Technology, Products and Services (TPS) and play a major role in creating a system for affordable diabetes management and create an ecosystem of preventive healthcare for the rural population.

According to the report, 14 Crore people an estimated 10% of the population is likely to be affected by diabetes by 2025 and nearly 57% of India’s population remainunknown and undiagnosed also vulnerable to the threat of a compromised life due to diabetes. “For early diagnosis and management of diabetes, applications are invited to showcase advanced TPS from innovatorsclosely working in making diabetes management easy, accessible, safe and most importantly affordable for commercial pilot with high accuracy,” said Abhijeet Sinha,National Program Director, Ease of Doing Business(EoDB)program. He also informed that EoDB Services isamongst leading emerging tech piloting agency conducting such crucial technology pilots of national interest and we invite submissions within two weeks, details of which are available at”.

Omar Sherief, Cluster Head India, Middle East & Africa, RocheDiabetes Care said, “This is a great initiative by EoDB towards diabetes screening, management and getting to the treatment level of large population. Partnering with like-minded players to design a comprehensive approach towards early diagnosis and management of the disease, improve accessibility to diabetes testing & care in rural areas is key. The pilot should involve partners who can design and execute a multi-pronged approach to enhance awareness about diabetes care and complement this by conducting diabetes screening camps in a phased manner throughout the country focussing in rural area with the help of Anganwadis. This would also require to upskill Front-Line Health Workers (FLHWs) to store and manage the data. The data generated through this pilot initiative of awareness and diabetes screening can provide valuable inputs and form the base for future public health policies for diabetes in our country”.

There are 800 million active user of smart phone in the country. The idea is to bring in an easy to use App based technology which can be used for glucose monitoring at home, eliminate the discomfort of travelling long distance for getting diabetes test done. Provisions like connecting the test result data to nearest healthcare centre, recommending lifestyle improvements, technology capable of answering nutritional queries by combining technological prowess and advice from professionals, suggests diet routines for better management and control of diabetes”, said Jyoti Tiwari, Member Healthcare Working Group of Ease of Doing Business.

The tech pilot will commence with testing for existing patients suffering, those who are at risk of developing diabetes – already diagnosed, pre diabetes and people with other comorbidities like hyperlipidaemia and hypertension and people who are at greater risk for developing diabetes because of genetic predisposition and a population study as a baseline for basic blood sugar level for everyone. The database generated at the end of the study will help to draft public health policies for diabetes in our country, says Dr Sabine Kapasi, Member, Healthcare Working Group, Ease of Doing Business.



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