What we do

WHO COLLABORATING CENTRE ON POPULATION SALT REDUCTION

30% REDUCTION IN SALT INTAKE BY 2025

We have a remit to support WHO Member States achieve the global target of a 30% relative reduction in mean population salt intake by 2025, as part of a set of 9 global targets to reduce non-communicable diseases.

We do this through: research to increase the evidence, and build research capacity; direct support to countries including support on monitoring salt intake, strategy development, and facilitating stakeholder engagement and dissemination of information.

Advocacy

We work with people and organisations who share the same goal of improving the health of millions of people worldwide to advocate for governments to shift the focus towards integrated and centrally implemented food policies to improve health of the population.

  • Since 2012 we have hosted 2 major international events on salt reduction jointly with the WHO
  • Provided training on implementation, monitoring and evaluation of population salt reduction strategies to over 15 countries and participated in 6 regional forums
  • We have also worked with WHO to develop a range of advocacy tools and resources to support countries on program implementation

Research

We continue to strengthen the evidence base for salt reduction and build local research capacity.

  • Including evaluating the impact of salt reduction interventions, and contributing to peer-reviewed publications relating to salt reduction.
  • We also work to build local research capacity by providing training on salt intake data management, and analysis, and supporting local personnel to disseminate project outputs through publications and presentations.

Technical Support

We facilitate the translation of the research into policy and practice by supporting countries to plan, develop and evaluate salt reduction programmes using the WHO’s SHAKE package, a set of common-sense, evidence-based policy options and examples which show governments how to lower population salt consumption.

  • We provide training on strategy development and implementation and evaluation of population salt reduction strategies.
  • We provide expert advice and training on the different approaches to measure salt intake, consumer knowledge, attitudes and behaviours (KAB) related to salt, identify major sources of salt in the diet and sodium levels in foods.