Salt iodization and salt reduction programs
Expanding collaboration and synchronizing strategies
The policy brief emphasizes the crucial role of national salt iodization programs in preventing iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) in South Asia, raising concerns about the risk to sustained public health benefits due to gaps in the quality and coverage of these programs. The brief highlights the importance of integrating salt iodization and salt reduction efforts, as reducing sodium intake is vital for addressing hypertension and related cardiovascular issues. It calls for policy integration, clear institutional mandates, and collaboration among stakeholders to ensure the success and sustainability of both salt iodization and salt reduction programs in the region.