WHO provides support to intersectoral salt reduction initiatives in Republic of Moldova

WHO/A.Tomsa

On 12–13 December 2017, a team of technical officers from WHO/Europe conducted a capacity-building workshop in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, on intersectoral planning on salt reduction.

The workshop aimed to strengthen the knowledge and capacities of local public health practitioners to define priority interventions on salt reduction. According to the preliminary results of the National Salt Intake Survey, the country’s adult population consumes 10 grams of salt per day, which is twice the WHO recommendation.

It also supported the development of practical steps for implementing the priority interventions using a multistakeholder approach. This approach takes into account the national applicability of national and international guidance documents, as well as gaps in knowledge and evidence for implementation.

Workshop participants learned about:

  • the importance of reducing salt intake;
  • key policies and interventions for salt reduction;
  • the preliminary results of the FEEDCities multicountry study on urban food environments and the National Salt Intake Survey;
  • how to conduct a stakeholder analysis and define roles and responsibilities of different actors in salt-reduction interventions;
  • how to conduct negotiations with different stakeholders and enhance intersectoral collaboration;
  • how to use ranking and scoring methods to prioritize interventions based on the National Nutrition Action Plan; and
  • how to develop policy briefs on priority topics.

Participants included representatives of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection; national, municipal and rayon centres for public health; and the State University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Nicolae Testemitanu”.

Background

Implementing actions related to noncommunicable disease (NCD) risk factors through a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach is instrumental to reducing the burden of NCDs. Considering health inequalities is also key.

The Republic of Moldova chose salt reduction as the focus of the capacity-building workshop because of the availability of the preliminary results of the National Salt Intake Survey and the FEEDCities study, implemented earlier in 2016, for discussion and planning.

The workshop was organized within the framework of the biennial collaborative agreement for 2016–2017 between WHO/Europe and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Moldova, and as part of the “Support to strengthening governance and policy dialogue in health sector – 2nd phase”, funded jointly by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and WHO.