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Project title: Scaling up structured lifestyle interventions to improve the control of hypertension and diabetes in partnership with the governments of Kerala and Tamil Nadu: Leveraging India’s national NCD program

This NHMRC-GACD funded project aims to scale up a structured lifestyle intervention program to improve the control of hypertension and diabetes in Southern India. The project is a partnership with the governments of Kerala and Tamil Nadu and will leverage India’s National Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Program.  The implementation stage is being undertaken by the National Institute of Epidemiology (NIE) in Tamil Nadu state, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) in Kerala state, and in collaboration with the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, Australia.

The overall aim of this project is to find evidence, based on the research on the scale up of lifestyle modification interventions with the control of Type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

The objectives of the project are:

  • To evaluate the implementation outcomes of a Structured Lifestyle Modification (SLM) program to improve the control of type 2 diabetes and hypertension.
  • To identify contextual factors within the community and health systems that act as enablers and barriers to the scale up of structured lifestyle modification interventions.
  • To determine the value and return on investment of the program by assessing the program’s cost and its cost-effectiveness.

The project will generate robust evidence on scaling up lifestyle interventions at the community level in Southern India. By working directly with the state health departments, the project will ensure that an implementation will occur with the translation of evidence for the state-wide scale up of interventions. This project welcomes all Honours, Masters, and PhD students.

For more information, contact Brian Oldenburg.

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