HRIDAY engages in multi-disciplinary research, capacity building and undertakes campaigns linked to the prevention and control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). It focuses primarily upon addressing NCDs from a health and development perspective, particularly in the context of Goal 3.4 under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).



HRIDAY School health Programs launched through interschool competitions and health exhibition in Delhi

1996 -1998
HRIDAY launches Project CATCH on Cardiovascular Health in 30 schools in Delhi.
Formal launch of the Student Health Action Network (SHAN) with students submitting a signature appeal to Hon'ble PM of India urging for a comprehensive Governmental ban on tobacco products

HRIDAY is registered as a non-profit organization

Conducted the Global Youth Tobacco Surveyand Global School Personnel Survey in Delhi Organized Anti-tobacco oath taking ceremony for students during the South East Asian Anti- Tobacco Flame Function

Convened Advocacy Forum for Tobacco Control to bring together Civil Society Organizations(CSOs) from across India to undertake collaborative tobacco control initiatives.

Convened the first Student Parliament on Health where a resolution urging the government to adopt the Tobacco Control Billwas passed.

Organized Community Outreach Program “Humne Seekha Hai” where students also developed attractive health related messages in 'Health Art'.


Launched Project MYTRI (Mobilizing Youth for Tobacco Related Initiatives),an intervention involving 14000+ students, teachers and parents from 32schools in urban Delhi and Chennai.

HRIDAY model of health promotion and health activism disseminated among youth to 12 States of India
HRIDAY received the WHO Director General's award. The program is listed as a 'BEST PRACTICE' and recommended for Global Replication


HRIDAY Model for Tobacco Control adapted for 90 Schools and CSOs in Maharashtra, Orissa, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh,and Andhra Pradesh.

First Global Youth Meet on Health in Delhi inaugurated by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India with 280 delegates from 35 countries and 5000 students from India with an aim to unify efforts for inclusion of youth in health related action.

Convened 7 Student Parliaments on Health, one each in Madhya Pradesh,Odisha, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi,and Tamil Nadu.

Launched project ACTIVITY, a community based intervention to prevent use of tobacco and promote tobacco cessation among 6000+ youth living in 14 low socioeconomic communities in Delhi.

Trained 3000 high school students on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and use of an Automated External Defibrillator(AED).

Convened the Second Global Youth Meet on Health in Mumbai with 150 participants from 30 countries to deliberate on tobacco control issues
Developed comprehensive modules on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Tobacco Control to address NCDs at an early age
Collaborated with Delhi Traffic Police and National Service Scheme to promote Road Safety.
Received the Global Health Council's Award for Best Practices in Global Health for its innovations in NCD prevention among youth.
Conducted research that informed policy formulation establishing a causal association between exposure to tobacco use in Bollywood movies and its use among 4000 Indian adolescents from 12 schools.


Convened International Conference on Public Health Priorities in the 21st Century: The Endgame for Tobacco with nearly 700 delegates.

Culmination of the two year school-based 'Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Education' Program among 2500 school students in Delhi

Organized Health Walkathons in Delhi, Mumbai, and Vishakhapatnam for promoting physical activity among nearly 21000 walkers using Ground Miles mobile app.

Organized a Multi-sectoral Consultation that produced 17 recommendations for incorporating NCDs into India's development plans.

Launched Project KiDS to foster a school environment that creates a better understanding of diabetes.

1200 students from 30 schools of Delhi passed 'a comprehensive Government Bill on Alcohol Control' at Student Parliament for Health.

Jointly organized a 41 member multi-sectoral Consultation on “Progressing towards India's National Targets for NCD Prevention and Control”

Convened the Third Global Youth Meet on health in Vishakhapatnam with 160 delegates from 30 countries to empower youth with advocacy skills.

Youth from 40 countries passed a Youth Resolution at 16th WCTOH in Abu Dhabi calling for ''No More Tobacco in the 21st Century'.

Convened the Healthy India Alliance-India NCD Alliance, a network for strengthening CSO engagement for NCD prevention and control.

Convened Doctors for Tobacco Control in India,a collaborative forum of multi-specialty doctors.
Undertook a youth-led monitoring of tobacco advertising and sales around schools in Delhi.

Collaborated on a 'Global Smoke-free Worksite Challenge' study to promote tobacco-free worksite policy and cessation services for employees in Delhi-NCR.

Assisted MoHFW, GoI in setting up the 'India Corner' during the 7th Session of FCTC Conference of Parties.

Conducted a study to assess the youth perceptions about e-cigarettes and hookah,along with a focused legal analysis.

Conducting a collaborative study on preventing smoking uptake among 45,000 adolescents in Udupi district of Karnataka.

Convened a multi-sectoral NCD Taskforce to guide strengthening of CSO engagement in accelerating actions to meet the national NCD targets.

Convened the India Network for NCDs and Youth, a multi-disciplinary network to reduce exposure of youth to NCD risk factors India.

Collaborating on a multi country study on tobacco industry interference and tobacco taxation in India.

Collaborating for a study to assess the impact of yoga intervention on stress levels, metabolic parameters and cognition of adolescent in Delhi-NCR and Chennai.



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