Assessing the Impact of Current National Policies to Reduce Salt and Trans Fatty Acids in Argentina

Cardiovascular disease causes about 100,000 deaths and 250,000 events in Argentina each year. The cost to the country is more than CA$1 billion. The Ministry of Health has negotiated agreements with the food industry and bakeries to reduce sodium in processed foods and bread. The Codex Alimentarius, or international food safety standards, will also decrease trans fatty acids (TFA) to less than 5% of total fat in processed food by 2014.

This project will develop a comprehensive approach to inform stakeholders about the impact of current salt and TFA policies. Three leading Argentinian institutions working in the area of cardiovascular disease prevention will participate: the Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy; the Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad; and, the Fundación Interamericana del Corazón.

Researchers will develop a strategy to share results with policymakers and other stakeholders. The findings will support resource allocation decisions for non-communicable diseases in Argentina.

Project ID

106881

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

End Date

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Duration

36 months

IDRC Officer

Bazzani, Roberto

Total funding

CA$ 431,600

Countries

Argentina, South America, North and Central America

Program

Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Mr. Adolfo Rubinstein

Institution

IECS - Instituto de Efectividad Clinica Y Sanitaria Asociacion Civil

Institution Country

Argentina

Institution Website

http://www.iecs.org.ar

Project Leader

Raul Mariano Mejia

Institution

Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad

Institution Country

Argentina

Institution Website

http://www.cedes.org

Project Leader

Schoj, Veronica

Institution

Fundación Interamericana del Corazón-Argentina

Institution Country

Argentina

Institution Website

http://www.ficargentina.org