Salt reduction and iodine fortification strategies in public health
Report of a joint technical meeting
Report of a joint technical meeting convened by the World Health Organization and The George Institute for Global Health in collaboration with the International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders Global Network, Sydney, Australia, March 2013.
The World Health Organization (WHO) promotes both the implementation of programmes to reduce population salt intake as one of the cost-effective strategies to reduce the burden of noncommunicable diseases and universal salt iodization to prevent and control iodine deficiency disorders.
The joint technical meeting was convened by WHO and The George Institute for Global Health in collaboration with the International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD) Global Network. It brought together technical experts in iodine deficiency disorders and dietary salt reduction and WHO representatives from all regions of the world to consider the potential for maximizing the impact of salt reduction and iodine deficiency elimination programmes through improved coordination.
The meeting demonstrated the potential to synergize both programmes to ensure optimal implementation of each programme by promoting their commonalities and complementarities. Commonalities between the two programmes are that both are geared towards improving public health throughout the world through a population-wide approach. Both programmes adopt a multi-stakeholder approach and encompass health promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation; all of which involve working closely with the food industry.