Scaling-up and evaluating salt reduction policies and programs in Latin American countries


The overall objective of this proposal is to conduct research that will expand and scale-up salt reduction programs and support the development of new programs in 5 Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Paraguay and Peru).


This study will be done by working in 5 areas:
1. Assessing the sodium content of packaged, artisanal, street foods and fast foods; levels will be compared with targets and across countries;
2. Research on consumer knowledge, attitudes and behaviors regarding sodium;
3. Conducting analyses to determine the health and economic benefits of population wide sodium reduction (only Costa Rica and Brazil);
4. Evaluating indicators of success for program initiatives and partnerships; and
5. Developing and using a broad knowledge translation strategy and evaluating the effectiveness of our efforts.
This consortium work is directed towards public policy innovations for sodium reduction in the food systems of the region with the goal of healthy diets that are lower in sodium through food innovations, consumer awareness and health economic analyses. This work can be leveraged and provides the foundation for broader application to healthy diets for non-chronic diseases reduction. The planned work builds on our strong existing collaborations with governmental and non-governmental organizations, the food industry, and civil society and builds capacity to affect change in the region.


Review the summary of results here: Project IDRC #108167.


Lorena Saavedra-García


Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay y Perú


International Development Research Center (IDRC). Canadá. 



Research team

Adriana Blanco Metzler, MS, Instituto Costarricense de Investigación y Enseñanza en Nutrición y Salud, Costa Rica
Patricia Jaime, MD, Nutrition Department of School of Public Health, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Eduardo Fernandez Nilson, MS, Ministry of Health, Brazil
Daniel Ferrante, MD, University ISALUD, Argentina
J Jaime Miranda, MD, MsC, PhD, University Peruana Cayetano Heredia, CRONICAS Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases, Peru
Lorena Saavedra, MS, University Peruana Cayetano Heredia, CRONICAS Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases, Peru
Susana Sanchez, MD, Director of Nutrition and Food Programs at Nutrition and Food National Institute, Paraguay
Felicia Cañete, MD, Director of Chronic Diseases, Ministry of Health, Paraguay