Georgia Salt Action Summary

2013

In 2013, the WHO reviewed salt reduction activities across the European region and produced the report 'Mapping salt reduction initiatives in the WHO European Region'. Below is a summary of salt reduction activities in Georgia, as reported in this document:

Within the National Health Strategy 2011–2015, the national NCD policy is to promote interventions to reduce risk factors for NCDs, including diets high in fat, sugar and salt. There is also a multisectoral strategy to limit unhealthy diets and incorporate healthy nutrition into the school curriculum.  

Georgia are active in participation of World Salt Awareness Week, with activities such as conferences, media briefing and educational interventions in schools.

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.