World leaders agree on to global targets on salt intake
29 May 2013
WASH is pleased that after several years of discussions world leaders have come together and unanimously agreed to reduce daily salt intake by 30% by 2025. This target is, amongst other targets, set to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025. This commitment comes as Members States gathered at the World Health Assembly in Geneva last week to agree an omnibus resolution on NCDs which fulfills some of the commitments made in the UN Political Declaration on the prevention and control of NCDs. NCDs, widely known as lifestyle and chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and chronic lung diseases account for two thirds of premature deaths worldwide.
The resolution includes a global action plan and monitoring framework with a set of 9 global targets and 25 indicators. This will enable worldwide tracking of progress in preventing and controlling NCDs, as well as a global coordinating mechanism to coordinate activities and promote engagement of all actors in the global NCD response.
Salt reduction is one the 9 global targets shown to be most cost-effective at tackling the NCD crisis; by lowering blood pressure and therefore reducing deaths from strokes and heart disease. Salt reduction will have great benefits as is directed towards the whole population so most people will be exposed to the positive effects, also the cost of implementation is very low.
We congratulate and support countries in this momentous step forward. These high-level political commitments to priority actions – such as salt reduction - are required globally and nationally to both treat and prevent NCDs, and will send a strong message to the food, alcohol and tobacco industry that they mean business.
Governments now need to set their own targets and develop a comprehensive NCD strategy to achieve these global targets.
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