Implementing Effective Salt Reduction Programs and Policies in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

In August, the Public Health Nutrition published a studied titled “Implementing effective salt reduction programs and policies in low-and-middle-income countries: learning from retrospective policy analysis in Argentina, Mongolia, South Africa and Vietnam”. This study by Webster et al, follows the Walt and Gilson’s ‘Health Policy Triangle’ to analyse the context, content, process and actors of the implementation of salt policy. The study found that each country approached salt reduction differently, either through legislation or voluntary programs to reach their respective population-level targets. Barriers included a lack of funding and technical capacity/support for effective implementation and there was a lack of comprehensive approaches to regulating labelling and changing population perception of low sodium salts.  

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