|First Meeting of the Expert Group on CVD Prevention through Dietary Salt Reduction|
The first PAHO Expert Group (EG) Meeting on population-level dietary salt reduction in the Americas was held at the PAHO Headquarters in Washington, DC, on 9-10 September 2009. The general objective was to explore various aspects of cardiovascular disease prevention through dietary salt reduction to the extent of their practicality.
Participants: Representatives from the ministry of Health of Brasil, nongovernmental organizations, and experts in salt reduction from PAHO, the United States Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the US AED, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, WHO Headquarters in Geneva, the Inter American Heart Foundation, the Pedro Kourí Tropical Medicine Research Institute in Cuba (IPK), and Health Canada, among others.
A chair and co-chair were chosen to work closely with the four formed working subgroups on
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The full expert group will teleconference as needed. It will meet once or twice yearly. The next meeting will likely be in March 2010, attached to a WHO meeting in Argentina on micronutrients.
Each of the four subgroups nominated a lead to work closely with the Chair and Co-chairs of the full group, to report on progress and maintain subgroup momentum. Subgroups agreed to communicate monthly via e-mail or, when necessary, via teleconference.
The PAHO secretariat will confirm a workplan that addresses the priority issues, in consultation with the subgroups and their leads.
Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization