Wosu, Adaeze

School of Public Health

PhD

Zambia

Non Communicable Disease Risk Factor Surveillance Using Novel

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are a growing burden in lower-and middle-income countries.  Tobacco use, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, and inadequate diet are four self-reported risk factors that explain over two-thirds of global NCD deaths.  In many LMICs, the surveillance of NCD risk factors is infrequent due to the high cost and time commitment associated with household surveys where interviewers administer the survey to respondents in a face-to-face manner.

Telephone and mobile phone surveys have been utilized to collect population level estimates of health and demographics in high income countries, but their application has not been extensively studied in lower income countries. As the number of mobile phones approaches the global population level, opportunities exist to leverage mobile health (mHealth) technologies to improve the efficiency, timeliness, and cost-effectiveness of data collection in lower income countries by interviewing respondents over their own personal mobile phone.

As part of the Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative, JHSPH faculty, CDC colleagues, and the implementing team from the University of Zambia, this project aims to assess the feasibility, quality, and validity of a national NCD risk factor survey sent to citizen’s mobile phones.  This is a ten country project with field sites also in Morocco and Bangladesh.

Global Health Mentor/PI: Dustin Gibson, PhD

People

Robert Bollinger Jr., MD MPH

Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE); Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global...

Caitlin Kennedy, PhD MPH,BA

Co-Director, MPH concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health; Associate Director, Center for Qualitative...

Joanne Katz, ScD MS,BSc

Associate Chair, Director of Academic Programs

Noreen Hynes, MD MPH

Director, Geographic Medicine Center of the Division of Infectious Diseases

Yukari C. Manabe, MD

Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation

Stefan Baral, MD MPH,MBA,MSc

Director, Key Populations Program
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