Our commitment

The overall goal of the WHO Collaborating Centre is to support WHO Member States to achieve the global target to reduce population level salt intake by 30% by 2025

The Centre aims to build the evidence to demonstrate that population-wide salt reduction interventions are a cost-effective approach to improving health

The World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Population Salt Reduction (WHO CC SALT) was established in March 2013 to support Member States to meet the new targets. Established within the Food Policy Division at The George Institute for Global Health, the terms of reference of WHO CC SALT include:

  • Provide expert advice to WHO on development of tools for population salt reduction strategies
  • Undertake research and build research capacity in all aspects of salt reduction
  • Support and increase the capacity of the WHO and Member States in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of salt reduction strategies
  • Support and increase the capacity of the WHO and Member States in the development of effective mechanisms for engaging the food industry on food reformulation and monitoring changes in the food supply


Since 2013, the Centre has:

  • 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
  • Worked with WHO to develop a range of tools and resources to support countries on program implementation
  • Continued to strengthen the evidence base on salt reduction including through leading or contributing to 40 peer-reviewed publications relating to salt reduction