Dr. Sanjiv Kumar is working as the Executive Director at the National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. He has over 38 years of experience in public health and has worked in 29 countries in Central and South Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa and Central Eastern Europe. He specializes in capacity building in leadership and strategic management in public health, maternal and child health, health promotion, research, and child survival and development. Dr. Kumar has been involved in strategic program review, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of health programs as well as capacity building of semi-literate village volunteers, health workers, program managers, and senior faculty of medical, nursing and paramedic colleges. He has also been engaged in strategic planning and management of health programs for UNICEF in several countries.
Liable for 53% of the disease burden, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are depleting India of its economic, social and human resources. The World Economic Forum estimated that India stands to lose $4.58 trillion before 2030 due to NCDs and mental health conditions. To overcome this challenge, India needs to develop novel and innovative methods and approaches that are cost-effective and easy to adopt.