For Dr. Norm Campbell, Canadian Chair in Hypertension Prevention and Control, his international activities are all about sharing experiences.
He co-chairs the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Technical Advisory Group on salt. The group is tasked with supporting governments of the Americas to help them develop recommendations for policies and actions to lower salt consumption in the Western Hemisphere.
Last December, he visited the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for South-East Asia in India. This region is currently developing its own technical advisory group to assess dietary salt and overall reduction strategies
and Campbell was invited as an external consultant to share his expertise.
In September 2012, he also made a trip to Russia to do a one-year follow-up since presenting Canadian hypertension prevention and control programs in Yaroslavl and Moscow.
“Russia has a really high prevalence of hypertension,” says Campbell. “They want to develop a model program to improve treatment and control and they looked to the Canadian program to adopt part of our knowledge translation
Campbell says this collaboration is definitely not a one-way street. “When we bring our ‘advances’ to these countries, sometimes we see that we often have solutions we can take back, too.”