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What is Surveda?
Surveda is an open source survey tool that collects data from populations via mobile phone.

What does the name “Surveda” mean?

Surveda uses the root word “survey,” with the Latin meaning of “oversee” or “inspect”.
Veda evokes wisdom, from the Sanskrit word for knowledge or understanding.

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A tool to combat noncommunicable diseases

Surveda was developed as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative NCD Mobile Phone Survey. Surveda will be used to collect critical information about noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries worldwide (LMICs). It is an open source tool on a common software platform, which means that Surveda is accessible to individuals and organizations interested in creating their own surveys.

More about the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative

The Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative aims to strengthen the collection and use of critical public health information. Working in selected low- and middle-income countries, the three components of this initiative seek to: i) strengthen the quality of birth and death registration systems and improve information on cause of death; ii) explore innovative approaches to NCD surveillance, including the use of mobile phone surveys; and iii) enhance. Read more

More about the NCD Mobile Survey

The NCD mobile phone survey is a nationally-representative survey of adults 18 years of age and older using a standard protocol. Using technology platforms such as interactive voice response (IVR), short message service (SMS), computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI), mobile web, as well as a mix of these modes, mobile phone surveys provide timely data and allow for rapid feedback of results. It is intended to generate comparable data within and across countries. This survey supplements and supports national household face-to-face surveys. Read more