NIHR-CRE

NIHR Global Health Research Centre for Non-Communicable Diseases and Environmental Change

Hosted by The George Institute India, in partnership with Imperial College London, the NIHR Global Health Research Centre for Non-Communicable Diseases and Environmental Change aims to strengthen the delivery of primary health care in Bangladesh, India and Indonesia by establishing a common data platform that can comprehensively capture community environmental risks, behavioural risk factors, and disease management.

Through effective and sustained community engagement and involvement (CEI), the Centre will test and implement a range of multi-sectoral interventions to target hypertension, cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease in Bangladesh; cardiovascular disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Indonesia; and diabetes and cardiometabolic disease in India.

Background:

  • Global environment change is the biggest threat to human health in the 21st century.
  • Populations in Bangladesh, Indonesia and India are amongst the most vulnerable to this threat.
  • Salinity in drinking water across coastal belts has been associated with increased blood pressure and urinary protein excretion, progressive kidney disease, and (pre)eclampsia and gestational hypertension in pregnant women.
  • Unregulated burning of plastic waste releases harmful chemicals such as Dioxin, which dangerously pollute the environment and lead to negative health outcomes such as chronic lung disease, heart diseases and cancers.
  • An increasing intake of carbohydrates, rich diet and lack of dietary diversity are risk factors for multiple cardiometabolic diseases.

Vision:

  • To be a Centre of Excellence for high-quality, world-leading inter-disciplinary implementation research, research capacity strengthening and community engagement on the intersection of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and global environmental change in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
  • Collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders and local communities to strengthen impact on advocacy, policy, and health equity outcomes.

Impact:

  • Enhanced health equity, wellbeing and environmental sustainability across Asia.
  • Strengthened research infrastructure for generating high-quality evidence on NCDs in populations most vulnerable to environmental change.
  • Mobilised CEI capability to ensure evidence, advocacy and policy action is community-centric and benefits the most vulnerable.
  • The Centre will contribute towards to the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: 3. Good Health & Well-Being, 5. Gender Equity, 10. Reduced Inequalities, 13. Climate Action & 17. Partnerships for the Goals.

For further information please download the project fact sheet on this page.