Salt Action Summary

February 2008

World Salt Awareness Week

Georgia, represented by WASH member Dr Dali Trapaidze, held a very productive World Salt Awareness week event, undertaking many activities including:

  1. A conference, briefing the media, non-governmental and governmental sectors to discuss behavioral stereotypes, nutritional health and hypertension.
  2. Education interventions in schools.
  3. An official letter from the President of Georgian Society of Hypertension, Prof. Bezhan Tsinamdzgvrishvili was sent to the Ministry of Education and Science and the Head of the Department of Child Care.
  4. Receiving funding support from Nikora (school meals manufacturer) and McDonald's.
  5. Creation and publication of posters and guides.
  6. Pilot study of children 11-16 years old for appearance of hypertension and its risk factors, and educational focus groups and questionnaires.

Georgia achieved high awareness throughout the country on the radio ('Radio Imedi' and 'Public Radio'), newspapers ('24-hour', 'Rezonansi' and 'Akhail Taobi'), websites ('interpresnews').

There is a lack of screening for high blood pressure and obesity in Georgia and a need for further study.  The Georgian Society of Hypertension concluded that awareness regarding salt intake and its associated heath problems was low and that educational interventions were needed.