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Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative at JHSPH


The JHSPH team works with in-country partners at the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research in Bangladesh, Instituto de Salud Publica, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia, Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania, and Makerere University School of Public Health in Uganda.

IEDCR, Bangladesh

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PUJ, Colombia

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IHI, Tanzania

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MakSPH, Uganda

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): To provide technical assistance to countries on recording causes of death, create mobile phone risk factor surveys, and support public health practitioners in government to improve use of health data for effective policy making. In collaboration with ministries of health, CDC conducts country-wide MPS to generate prevalence estimates for NCD behavioral risk factors in each partner country. In some of these countries the estimates are then compared with the standard STEPs survey results conducted by World Health Organization. 

CDC-FoundationTo assist 20 low- and middle-income countries across Latin America, Asia and Africa in strengthening their public health data systems and data use for critical policy-making decisions.

World Health Organization: To conduct gold standard STEPwise household non-communicable disease surveys and produce a technical package on best practices in strengthening health data systems. WHO conducts STEPs surveys in collaboration with MOH to generate prevalence estimates  for the country’s NCD surveillance and programming decisions. The STEPs survey results are compared with the MPS results generated by CDC.