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Healthy Caribbean Coalition - PAHO - NETWORKING FOR THE SURVEILLANCE of Risk Factors for Non-Communicable Diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean

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This report is a collaborative effort of the Program on Non-Communicable Diseases, Division of Disease Prevention and Control of the Pan American Health Organization with several partners who kindly provided comments and suggestions at different stages of the process. We are indebted to all of them.

Member countries have come forward requesting technical cooperation in this area. The vast literature on behavioral risk factor surveillance from industrialized countries provides technical elements for understanding the benefits as well as the caveats of undertaking this task. However, the adaptation to different conditions requires not only the technical input, but also the effort to make changes that are methodologically sound.

We look forward to working with member countries in putting these ideas into practice; to discovering and analyzing together the diverse reality of developing countries; and in drawing from their continual enthusiasm.

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