PAHO/WHO Regional Expert Group on Cardiovascular Disease
Prevention through Dietary Salt Reduction.
Washington DC, USA 2009-2011
In 2009, the PAHO Director, Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, convened a two-year Regional Expert Group (EG) to lead and issue recommendations towards the PAHO initiativeCardiovascular Disease Prevention through Dietary Salt Reduction.
The Expert Group successfully completed the two years in October, 2011, culminating with the Second Meeting of the Expert Group and completion of the Final Report. The EG is enriched with new members, and will continue as the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) in the future.
Objectives of Initiative
The main objectives of initiative were to:
- explore the current epidemiological situation regarding cardiovascular disease and its link to excessive salt consumption in the Americas;
- review existing policies, interventions and programs aimed at reducing dietary salt and issue evidence-based recommendations for salt reduction in the Region;
- review, discuss and agree with relevant partners’ adjustments necessary for use of salt as vehicle for micronutrient fortification;
- foster public and private partnerships
About the Expert Group
The Regional Expert Group of PAHO (EG) is a multi-faceted scientific and technical group formed by experts recognized worldwide in the fields of nutrition and cardiovascular disease.
The EG worked for a span of two years, from 2009 until 2011, and will continue its work as the Technical Advisory Group. PAHO served as the Secretariat for the initiative and worked with the chair, Dr. Norm Campbell, and the co- chairs, Drs. Rainford Wilks and Ana Beatriz Pinto de Almeida Vasconcellos (until 2011) and Patrica Jaime (during 2011), on a regular basis in order to report on progresses and to stimulate further actions.
The Policy Statement provides countries with a roadmap for concerted action by governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and the food industry. It is currently available for open distribution and endorsement. To learn more about the Policy Statement, click here.
Advocacy Resources: Fact Sheets
Monitoring and Evaluation Resources
A Review of Methods to Determine the Main Sources of Salt in the Diet to determine the main sources of salt intake.
Protocol for detection of salt in 24 hour urine and position on the use of spot urine for monitoring
Liaison with Industry Products
Questionnaire of industry reformulation practices geared toward multinational food industries with markets in the Americas in order to learn about their effort to reduce salt in packaged foods
PAHO/WEF Statement of Rio de Janiero
Final Report of Improving Public Health through the Optimal Intake of Iodine and Sodium Meeting
Salt Experts Sub-group on Dietary Salt Surveillance.
Mexico City and Cuernavaca, Mexico, 11-12 March 2010
Dr R Correa-Rotter (Mexico), Dr D Ferrante (Argentina), Dr N Campbell (Canada; Group Chair), Prof R Wilks (Jamaica; Group Co-Chair), Dr B Legetic (PAHO/WHO, USA), Prof FP Cappuccio (UK; Sub-panel Chair), Dr O Dary (USA), Dr B Legowski (Canada), Dr Luz Maria Sanchez (Mexico), Dr Simón Barquera (Mexico).