The George Institute For Global Health
United Kingdom

World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Population Salt Reduction (WHO CC SALT)

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The World Health Organization recognises salt reduction as a cost-effective intervention for reducing the burden of ill-health around the world and at the 2011 United Nations High Level Meeting on NCDs, Member States agreed a global target of a 30% relative reduction in mean population intake of salt/sodium by 2025. 

The World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Population Salt Reduction (WHO CC SALT) was established in March 2013 to support Member States to meet the new targets. Established within the Food Policy Division at The George Institute for Global Health, the terms of reference of WHO CC SALT include:

  • Provide expert advice to WHO on development of tools for population salt reduction strategies
  • Undertake research and build research capacity in all aspects of salt reduction
  • Support and increase the capacity of the WHO and Member States in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of salt reduction strategies
  • Support and increase the capacity of the WHO and Member States in the development of effective mechanisms for engaging the food industry on food reformulation and monitoring changes in the food supply

Main projects and areas of interest

WHO CC SALT has a global remit with a focus on Australia, the Western Pacific and South East Asian Regions. It is currently involved in projects in Australia, the Pacific Islands, Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, China and India.  The Centre is working with the WHO to develop a range of tools and resources to support countries to develop and implement salt reduction strategies (see resources) and will be co-ordinating the Asia Pacific Salt Action Network (APSAN).

Other Collaborating Centre team members:

WHO responsible officers

  • Dr Temo Waqanivalu, World Health Organization, Geneva
  • Sonia McCarthy, World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office
  • Wendy Snowdon, World Health Organization Representative Office of the South Pacific

Local oversight group

The local oversight group is comprised of individuals drawn from the George Institute for Global Health and University of Sydney who will meet once every six months to ensure that the Collaborating Centre is delivering upon its remit. These experts will also provide ad hoc operational support as required. Members are as follows:


WHO CC SALT is funded through a mix of short and longer term contracts and research grants including National Health and Medical Research Council project and partnership grants, a NHMRC program grant and the Victorian Health Foundation.

Monthly Bulletin


WHO Salt Collaborating Centre factsheet WHO Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction fact sheet
Salt: The Hidden Danger DVD SALT: the Hidden Danger: a drama documentary DVD to raise awareness about the need and approaches to reducing salt in the Pacific Islands.
Report on Salt Reduction Prevention of Iodine Deficiency Salt Reduction and the Prevention of Iodine Deficiency
Salt Matters Toolkit cover SALT Matters: media and advocacy toolkit for salt reduction in the Pacific Islands
Key findings: Salt levels in common lunchbox items and making simple switches to alternative brands to help reduce daily salt intake.