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. Member States at the 2011 United Nations High Level Meeting on NCDs agreed a global target of a 30% 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 and has now been re-designated until 2020. 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 WHO and Member States in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of salt reduction strategies;
  • Support and increase the capacity of 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.

This project incorporates the former Australian Division of World Action on Salt and Health (AWASH).

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, India and in Europe through the WHO Europe Regional Office.  The Centre is working with WHO to develop a range of tools and resources to support countries to develop and implement salt reduction strategies (see resources) and produces a quarterly bulletin which is mailed to over 1000 interested stakeholders.

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.
Salt reduction: a report on a high level salt reduction consultation meeting. Cape Town, South Africa, 2nd September 2016

WHO Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction Poster November 2016