Regional dialogue: Salt substitutes to prevent and control noncommunicable diseases.

The Latin American Social Marketing Association (LAMSO) and IMEK Research Center in Marketing & Development come together to facilitate spaces that bring together social change actors from Latin America, to discuss problems that affect the region and how they could be addressed through social marketing. This virtual seminar aims to generate a discussion among Latin American experts with different perspectives and experiences related to specific topics. For this first cycle, the following topics will be addressed: gender violence; salt substitutes, and protection of ecosystems.

This webinar on salt substitutes to prevent and control noncommunicable diseases will take place on 23 March 2023. This webinar will be moderated by Carlos Fernando Valencia Peñuela Mg., member of LAMSO. The opening of the event will be by Vilarmina Ponce Lucero Mg. , Vice President of LAMSO.

In this virtual seminar, there will be the participation of four speakers, who will present, from different perspectives, their experiences promoting the reduction in salt (sodium) consumption and the use of sodium-based salt substitutes in their countries and in the region.

Adriana Blanco Metzler Mg. (Costa Rica) is a Microbiologist, Clinical Chemist with a Master of Science in Food Science and Technology. She is also a Researcher at the Costa Rican Institute for Research and Teaching in Nutrition and Health (INCIENSA); She is a member of the PAHO/WHO Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases through the Reduction of Dietary Salt, 2009-2020. She is part of various scientific networks, technical commissions and international and national societies related to public health, nutrition and food. She has received three international awards associated with her work in reducing sodium intake. Author of at least 65 scientific articles, 3 books or book chapters, lecturer in more than 160 scientific activities, advisor to 25 university theses.

Dr. Antonio Bernabé Ortiz (Perú) is a Senior Researcher and Director of CRONICAS Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases. He is a medical doctor, has a master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington in the United States, and a doctorate from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom. His work focuses on the epidemiology and interventions for noncommunicable diseases, especially type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.

Dr. Diego Iván Lucumí Cuesta (Colombia) is an Associate Professor at the Alberto Lleras Camargo School of Government. Andes University, Colombia. Experience designing, implementing and evaluating public health interventions considering health inequities. Ph.D. Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan. Master in Public Health, Universidad del Valle. Physician, El Bosque University.

Gladys Isabel Meza Reyes Lic. (Perú) She is a community nurse, she has dedicated her professional work to working with children with anemia and malnutrition, making the majority of them recover their health. She also has experience working with rural women in the Andean areas of Peru. Meza has lived for eight years with a non-communicable chronic disease, diabetes. Since then he has faced the daily challenge of keeping his blood sugar levels under control. For this you must follow a special diet plan, exercise regularly and take medication. Being an NCD patient has impacted her personal and family life.

23 March 2023

  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala.
  • 4:00 p.m. a 5:30 p.m. Colombia, Peru.
  • 5:00 p.m. a 6:30 p.m. Bolivia.
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay y Paraguay.

If you want to participate in this space, you can register before Wednesday, 22 March 2023, through the following link:

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Stephanie Aya Pastrana, MSc
Adherent Member


Stephanie is an architect from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali with a master’s degree in Urban Strategies and Design from the University of Edinburgh. She has professional experience in the design and development of architectural projects of different scales, also developing research projects related to the quality of public spaces in Cali (Colombia) and sustainable construction. She currently works as a consultant and full-time professor at the Faculty of Creation and Habitat of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali.