Expert Meeting on Population Sodium Reduction Strategies for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases in the South-East Asia Region
SEARO, New Delhi, 11-13 December 2012
Hypertension accounts for an estimated 1.5 million deaths each year in the WHO South-East Asia Region. Reducing population salt intake is considered an important and cost-effective measure for improving population health outcomes throughout the world and is promoted by WHO as a “Best Buy” or a cost-effective intervention even in resource limited settings.
In view of the above and to develop regional strategies for salt reduction and measure population salt intake in the Region, the WHO Regional Office for South- East Asia organized an Expert Meeting on Population Sodium Strategies for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases in the South-East Asia Region for its Member States from 11 to 13 December 2012 in New Delhi, India. This report presents the technical deliberations of the three-day meeting by participants that included representatives from national governments of the Member States, WHO secretariat from the Member States, SEARO and WHO headquarters as well as global experts.