Plant-based physicians from medical group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) are currently on a mission to visit 11 medical schools in India as part of its Physicians Committee Kickstart India (PCKI) initiative. The program features educational seminars conducted by doctors such as Barnard Medical Center’s James Loomis, MD to teach prospective doctors about the preventive and curative properties of a plant-based diet in combating obesity, heart disease, and diabetes—diagnosed cases of which are projected to reach 145 million people in India by 2045. “Plant-based nutrition should be the frontline defense against India’s diabetes and heart disease epidemics,” Loomis said. “It’s critical that we train the next generation of physicians in India and around the world to share this life saving message with their patients.” The program is supported on the ground by vegan Indian actress Mallika Sherawat who appears on billboards erected throughout Mumbai that promote plant-based foods for optimal health. “A plant-based diet is the prescription for building a healthy India,” PCKI specialist Zeeshan Ali, Ph.D said. “The good news is that hundreds of medical students across the country are now ready to prescribe it.” In 2016, PCRM opened a groundbreaking all-vegan medical facility, Barnard Medical Center, in Washington, DC for the purpose of promoting a plant-based diet for the treatment and prevention of common illnesses.