Collecting NCD Info in Morocco

A new series of household surveys in Morocco will collect valuable information on noncommunicable diseases (NCD) risk factors, to inform policy and funding.

Health data collectors will survey adult residents on tobacco use (a major issue in Morocco), alcohol consumption, physical activity, diet, blood pressure, cholesterol, and fasting blood sugar. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the government of Australia, Data for Health will roll out in Morocco and Zambia initially, followed by 4 other countries to be determined.

They’re responding to the recognition that more than 50% of all deaths go unrecorded, and large data gaps exist for causes of death and ill health, including risk factors for NCDs.

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