Data as the Basis for Action

New Lancet research offers the first comprehensive analysis of the growing footprint of noncommunicable and injury-related neurological disorders to India’s overall disease burden.
Takeaways from 1990 to 2019 In terms of total disability adjusted life years: 

  • The share of noncommunicable neurological disorders doubled from 4% to 8.2%.
  • Injury-related neurological disorders increased from 0.2% to 1.1%
  • The contribution of communicable neurological disorders decreased from 4.1% to 1.1%
  • Stroke, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and headache disorders were among the largest contributors to DALYs.

But: Wide variation between states underscores the need for state-specific responses to address gaps in diagnosis and treatment, the authors note.
Having this data is a key step toward effective planning for policymakers to build up treatment infrastructure, notes an accompanying commentary.

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