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11 Sep 2020

MONGOLIA: Raising salt awareness in the western region of Mongolia

Mean estimated population salt consumption in the western region of Mongolia is 15.4 g/day; triple the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended daily maximum of 5 g/day and much higher than the national average of 11.1 g/day. To tackle this disparity, Mongolia has implemented several activities in line with the framework, “Improving knowledge and awareness on […]

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20 Aug 2020

LINKS toolkit: Resources for Healthy Public Food Procurement

LINKS (a collaboration between WHO, the CDC Foundation and Resolve to Save Lives) recently published a toolkit of resources for healthy public food procurement policies – these policies ensure that foods procured or served in public settings contribute to a healthy diet. Resources include implementation guidance and examples of policies from around the world, and […]

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20 Aug 2020

WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO EURO) released new country support package to aid salt reduction

In late July the WHO EURO office launched a new package to support countries in the European region to reduce salt consumption. The support package provides a step-by-step guide on developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating salt reduction programs. It is hoped that this support package will encourage countries to either reinforce of further pursue salt [...]
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20 Aug 2020

Scaling-up and evaluating salt reduction policies and programs in Latin American countries

In May 2020, the final technical reports of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) project, “Scaling-up and evaluating policies and programs in salt reduction in LA countries,” were published. The reports and most outputs can be found in the IDRC Digital Library. Some key report include: Regional policy Brief, “The Challenge of Reducing Dietary Salt […]

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17 Jun 2020

A dose-response: reduction of blood pressure by restricting dietary sodium intake

Huang et al conducted systematic review and meta-analysis published in British Medical Journal that examines the dose-response relationship between a reduction in dietary sodium and change in BP. Measured using the gold standard, each 50mmol reduction in 24-hour sodium excretion was associated with a 1.10 mm Hg reduction in SBP and a 0.33 mm Hg […]

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17 Jun 2020

High blood pressure doubles risk of death from COVID-19

Gao et al conducted a retrospective observational study examining the increased risk of death caused by COVID-19 in China in hypertensive patients. Researchers from China and Ireland analysed data from 2899 COVID-19 patients in Xijing Hospital, China, between the 5th of February and 15th of March. After adjusting for confounding factors, they found a 2.12-fold […]

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17 Jun 2020

FoodSwitch: State of the Fast Food Supply

A survey on the state of the fast food supply in Australia by The George Institute for Global Health found 60 out of 144 fast food combo meals exceeded sodium targets; 23 of these were from Red Rooster and 18 from Hungry Jacks. The sodium targets were benchmarked per serving against the Australian Government’s Suggested […]

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17 Jun 2020

Farewell, Clare Farrand!

After four and a half years of working with us as Senior Project Manager and Public Health Nutritionist at The WHO Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction, Clare Farrand has moved to WHO EURO to support work on salt reduction. Clare travelled to Sydney to join the George Institute for Global Health in June 2015, […]

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12 Jun 2020

Salt substitution may prevent half a million deaths from CVD in China

A modelling study conducted by Markland et al from The George Institute has found that replacing regular salt with potassium-enriched salt could prevent around 460,000 CVD deaths each year in China by lowering blood pressure levels. Mean population sodium intake in China is more than double the WHO-recommended maximum intake limit, mainly from home-cooked meals. […]

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05 Apr 2020
From left to right: Dr Praveen Devarsetty, Dr Claire Johnson, Dr Annet Hoek, Dr Thout Sudhir Raj, and Spoorthi Nidhuram

Formative Research to inform a behaviour change Salt Reduction Intervention in India (SRII) Project

The SRII project is a community-based salt reduction behaviour change intervention in India, funded by Resolve To Save Lives. Dr Claire Johnson and Dr Annet Hoek recently travelled to India to support colleagues at The George Institute offices in Hyderabad to undertake formative research activities in Siddipet, Telanagana: a small rural town approximately 2.5 hours’ […]

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