National Mobile Phone Surveys for Noncommunicable Disease Research
To better collect critical data on behaviors and attitudes related to noncommunicable diseases in lower and middle income countries, InSTEDD is assisting in the implementation of national mixed mode surveys via voice, text messages and web.
From the leadership of this project at Bloomberg Philanthropies: “Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic lung diseases, cause 70% of all deaths worldwide. The magnitude of these diseases is rising, particularly in low- and middle income countries (LMICs). NCDs result in tremendous health care costs and lost productivity, and collectively undermine the Sustainable Development Goals. If NCDs are not addressed, an estimated USD$7 trillion could be lost in LMICs from 2011-20252. Efficient monitoring and surveillance are cornerstones to track progress. The systematic monitoring of risk factors to generate accurate and timely data is essential for a country’s ability to prioritize limited resources and make sound policy decisions to address the growing NCD burden. At the same time, the world is more connected than ever before by mobile phones and technology.
There is an opportunity to harness the potential of mobile phone technology to collect NCD data, which can be used to monitor trends and augment traditional household surveys. The NCD Mobile Phone Survey combines technology and scientific methodology to get nationally representative NCD risk factor data for the first time.” RTI International and InSTEDD have been charged to lead on protocol and technology development and implementation support for the mobile phone surveys.