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Professor K. Srinath Reddy is an Honorary Distinguished Professor at the Public Health Foundation of India, where he previously served as President. With a stellar background, he led the Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He became the First Bernard Lown Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Health at Harvard School of Public Health.

His commitment to global health is evident in his roles as an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard, Honorary Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney, and Adjunct Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Reddy has advised multiple state governments on health matters, holding the rank of a Cabinet Minister.

A distinguished physician, he has served two Prime Ministers of India and is a vital member of the Government of India Technical Taskforce for COVID-19. His extensive research contributions include leadership in the INTERSALT and INTERHEART global studies, demonstrating his expertise in preventive cardiology.

Professor Reddy’s impact extends to advocacy and policy development, having chaired the Core Advisory Group on Health and Human Rights for the National Human Rights Commission of India. He’s held the presidency of the World Heart Federation, contributed to WHO expert panels, and chaired the High-Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage.

Notably, he’s authored over 570 scientific publications and edited the National Medical Journal of India. Professor Reddy’s dedication to sustainable development is evident through his membership in the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and as Chair of the Thematic Group on Health.

As a key figure in global health, Professor K. Srinath Reddy continues to shape policies, lead research, and advocate for a healthier world, leaving an indelible mark on the intersection of medicine, public health, and sustainable development.

About the Show

Did you ever imagine that the air we breathe could be a silent catalyst for diabetes? Were you aware that South Asians face an elevated risk of heart disease and diabetes, a fact often overshadowed by the shadows of these health crises?

Diabetes looms as a formidable global health crisis, engulfing 537 million lives worldwide, with Type 2 diabetes commanding over 90% of the battlefield and claiming the seventh spot on the list of global killers. Shockingly, 70% of those battling this silent adversary reside in low- and middle-income nations.

As World Diabetes Day dawns on November 14th, we delve deep into the heart of this health epidemic. As part of our Diabetes Awareness Campaign, we are joined by Prof. K. Srinath Reddy for an eye-opening discussion with Chief Explorer Rajan Nazran and nutritionist and Diabetes expert Khushboo Jain Tibrewala.

Prof. Reddy unravels the impact of urbanisation on our well-being, delving into the early onset of health issues and the looming threat of diabetes. Navigating through compelling studies, he unravels causes and offers solutions such as individual and group counselling. The conversation sheds light on the commendable efforts of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) to educate the masses in a country where access to resources remains a battle for many.

Prepare to confront the harsh realities: advertised addictions, marketed maladies, governmental shortsightedness, and a stark lack of interventions jeopardise both human health and the environment. 

This discussion is a resounding wake-up call, urging a collective call to action for a healthier tomorrow. Tune in now; let the global battle against diabetes begin with you!

Produced by Global Indian Series for the Global Indian Network.
Script by Rajan Nazran
original idea: Rajan Nazran

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