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STEPS-survey: Prevalence of noncommunicable disease risk factors

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the main cause of mortality in the world. They include the cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, chronic respiratory diseases, oncological and other chronic diseases that lead to disability and premature mortality of the population. The risk of NCDs developing increases significantly in the presence of risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity and excessive alcohol consumption. These risk factors can contribute to the accumulation of excess body weight and the development of obesity, increased blood pressure and glucose and cholesterol levels in the blood. Therefore, reliable information about the number of people in the population with NCDs risk factors is extremely important for public health.

In 2016, for the first time in the Republic of Belarus, a nationwide study of the prevalence of the main NCDs risk factors was conducted in accordance with the approved methodology of the WHO phased approach to surveillance – STEPS. The data obtained as a result of the first STEPS-survey made it possible to form relevant indicators of the state program "People's Health and demographic security of the Republic of Belarus" for 2016-2020 and measures to achieve them.

The second STEPS-survey was conducted in 2020 and made it possible to assess the effectiveness of the measures taken, reasonably plan the appropriate policy and develop targeted measures for the prevention and control of NCDs in the Republic of Belarus for 2021-2025.

The RSPC MT was appointed as the implementing organization of both research and they were successfully carried out within the framework of the international technical assistance project «Preventing Non-communicable Diseases, Promoting Healthy Lifestyle and Support to Modernization of the Health System in Belarus» (BELMED), which was funded by the European Union and implemented by the UNO agencies and the World Health Organization jointly with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus.

Reports on the latest research results can be found on request at the RSPC MT (contact person – Vital Pisaryk ( or on the WHO website: