Ecuador Goes Mobile to Measure Risk for Noncommunicable Diseases

April 1, 2016

Ecuador has become the first country in the Americas and the second in the world, following Sudan, to use mobile devices to measure risk factors for noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular and lung diseases.

Ecuador is using the devices to carry out the STEPS survey, which was developed by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization.

STEPS was designed to help low and middle income countries build and strengthen their capacity to conduct chronic noncommunicable disease surveillance. It also serves as a harmonizing tool to collect and display data throughout the region. — Jonathon Shacat