Countries' capacity to monitor Noncommunicable Diseases and Risk Factors in the Americas

Roberta Caixeta, Hennis Anselm

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Surveillance is critical to provide the information needed to measure the prevalence and incidence of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), their risk factors (RFs) and outcomes; to design policies and programs for their prevention and control, and to measure the impact of these policies and programs. Tracking NCDs and RFs remains a challenge because the surveillance systems established in many countries are still oriented towards monitoring transmissible diseases, and lack the capacity to comprehensively gather the information needed to orient policy- making for NCDs and Rfs.


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