WHO launch new Global Hearts Initiative
23 September 2016
The World Health Organization and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have launched a new Global Hearts initiative to prevent heart attacks and strokes. This initiative will help scale up efforts on CVD prevention and control by promoting both population-level interventions to reduce risk factors, including through tobacco control and salt reduction, and by strengthening CVD management in primary health care.
As part of the initiative the SHAKE Technical Package for Salt reduction has been developed by WHO in collaboration with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Population Salt Reduction at the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney, Australia, with input from a global network of salt reduction experts including WASH Chairman Prof Graham MacGregor. The SHAKE Package has been designed to assist Member States with the development, implementation and monitoring of salt reduction strategies to enable them to achieve a reduction in population salt intake. It outlines the policies and interventions which have been effective in reducing population salt intake, provides evidence of the efficacy of the recommended interventions, and includes a toolkit containing resources to assist Members States to implement the interventions.
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Saadia Noorani, International Programme Lead and Public Health Nutritionist at WASH, says “Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, a global problem affecting all countries. We welcome this new initiative by the WHO to support governments worldwide in strengthening their action in preventing cardiovascular disease including implementing effective salt reduction strategies.
Global food manufactures also have a major part to play and need to scale up their efforts in reformulating their products by reducing the salt content of processed foods which is the main contributor to population salt intake”.