Tea with Africa series : 'Shaking it up: Salt reduction - what do we do next?’

Tea with Africa series

The George Institute for Global Health invites you to the first session of the 'Tea with Africa' series on Wednesday 23 March at 7:00pm (AEDT)): 'Shaking it up: Salt reduction - what do we do next?’.

The 'Tea with Africa' series aims to facilitate global collaboration and learning. Each event provides an opportunity for outreach and connection with the global health community.

In an informal setting, panellists from across Africa and The George Institute in different regions will share perspectives on a global health topic. Following this, discussion and interaction with the audience is encouraged, to exchange unique challenges and solutions and discuss implications for different regions. Audience participants who would like to contribute further or build connections are invited to share contact details and/or send reflections from the event for potential inclusion in the post event wrap-up blog.

The first of the series is 'Shaking it up: Salt reduction - what do we do next?’. Each speaker will talk for around 4 minutes, with the majority of time dedicated to discussion and Q&A with the audience.

  • Bruce Neal - What does and does not work in salt reduction? Why I’m now focused on salt substitution
  • Clementina Ebere Okoro - Efforts in place for sodium reduction in Nigeria
  • Dike Ojji - Salt Reduction in the Nigerian Context: what are the prospects?
  • Xuejun Yin - Barriers and facilitators of salt substitute scale up

Host Alta Schutte will facilitate the discussion among speakers and with the audience.


  • Bruce Neal

    Bruce Neal is a UK-trained physician who has 25 years’ experience in clinical, epidemiological, and public health research with a focus on heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Bruce Neal is Executive Director at The George Institute for Global Health Australia; and Professor of Medicine, UNSW Sydney

    Prof Bruce Neal
  • Clementina Ebere Okoro

    Clementina Ebere Okoro is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist and has completed her Master of Science in Human Nutrition. She is the State Nutrition Coordinator in Federal Capital Territory Abuja and is also currently undertaking a PhD.

    Clementina Ebere Okoro
  • Dike Bevis Ojji

    Dike Bevis Ojji areas of interest include pharmacotherapy of hypertension, spectrum of hypertensive heart disease, hypertensive heart failure in native Africans. Dike holds a PhD in Cardiovascular Medicine from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is a faculty at College of Health Sciences of University of Abuja and an Honorary Consultant Physician/Cardiologist, at University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja, Nigeria.

    Dike Bevis Ojji
  • Xuejun Yin

    Xuejun Yin has been involved in multiple research projects including the recent ground-breaking study on salt substitutes that shows how a simple salt swap can save millions of lives worldwide, and is a PhD candidate at The George Institute China, working in the Food Policy team.

  • Host: Alta Schutte

    Alta Schutte is Principal Theme Lead for Cardiac, Vascular and Metabolic Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at UNSW Sydney; Professorial Fellow at The George Institute Australia; holds professorial appointments at North-West University and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and is the Immediate Past-President of the International Society of Hypertension.

    Prof Alta Schutte