Iodine Global Network (IGN)

IODINE Global Network


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In 2016, iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) are still one of the world’s leading causes of preventable mental impairment.

Our bodies need iodine to produce thyroid hormones, which are essential for the developing brain.

Severe iodine deficiency may reduce a child's IQ by 10-15 points, resulting in poorer school performance and worse economic prospects later in life. Iodine deficiency can impair the social and economic wellbeing of entire communities.

Iodine deficiency is accelerated by geological processes and some agricultural practices. As a result, it is not limited to developing countries or areas with poor access to a healthy, varied diet.
We support salt iodization - a safe, scalable and, most importantly, sustainable and cost-effective way of improving iodine nutrition.

According to the World Bank and the Copenhagen Consensus, probably no other technology offers as large an opportunity to improve lives at such low cost and in such a short time. Thanks to iodized salt, the number of iodine deficient countries has decreased from 110 in 1993 to only 25 in 2016.

Because salt iodization is a proven, evidence-based, and cost-effective intervention, the IGN has been recognized as an outstanding giving opportunity by the charity evaluator GiveWellAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster and Peter Singer's charity The Life You Can SaveAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster.

We've struck up partnerships with a number of like-minded individuals and organizations (e.g., online donation platforms and charitable projects) who continue believing in our work and supporting us towards our goal.

What is our goal?

We believe in a world where every child can achieve his or her maximum intellectual and social potential. We strive to eliminate iodine deficiency and help achieve optimal iodine nutrition for all by 2020. We're motivated by our recent progressAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster and we're thrilled with the growing support of donors around the world.

What will happen with your donation?

Even the smallest donation can be used in a meaningful way to support existing iodization programs, help expand them, or advocate with national governments to put iodine nutrition high on their public health agenda. All donated funds are pooled and channeled towards concrete, targeted actions at the national, regional, and global level. Because we work globally, your request to direct your donation to a specific country or region can usually be accommodated.

Please give today and help children all over the world reach their full potential.

No PayPal? No problem.

Please visit our CanadaHelps.orgAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster profile to donate securely using a credit card or a gift card.

Donations can also be sent to:

Iodine Global Network
P.O. Box 51030
375 des Epinettes,
Ottawa, Ontario K1E 3E6
In addition to a donation check (payable to "IGN"; send e-mail for transmittal instructions to we can accept bequests, governmental grants, or contracts.

Important information about tax receipts
The Iodine Global Network is a charitable organization registered in Canada (Registered Charity No.: 893540419RR0001), and we can issue tax receipts for your donation in Canadian dollars. Please verify with your tax agency if you are eligible for a tax rebate in your country. Please also note that Revenue Canada requires that you provide your home address in order to receive your tax receipt. Please contact us on if you require a tax receipt.

Thank you for your support!



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International donors

The IGN is a charitable organization under Canadian law. Here is how you can make a tax-deductible donation:
Canada: Give via Canada HelpsAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster or Charity ScienceAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster.
United States: Donate via The Life You Can SaveAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster, GiveWellAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster, or Agora for GoodAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster
Germany/Switzerland: Donate via Stiftung für Effektiven AltruismusAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster
United Kingdom: Donate via Giving What We CanAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster (administered by Effective Altruism Funds)

See the bang for your buck

We have teamed up with The Life You Can Save to help donors see the impact of their donation.

Headshots 4 Hunger

What if your smile could bring 180 people healthier food?

Headshots 4 Hunger is a pop-up headshots studio run by Jenn Korman, a St. Louis-based portrait photographer, and her organization Don't Wait Donate

Click here to find out how to book a headshots session at your university, work, or conference, and support salt iodization around the world.

Iodine for 2 Billion

Donate at least $10 and receive a copy of a children's book written by Anika Agrawal (please type "book" in your comment when you check out). Click here to find out more.

Independent Variable Anthology

Are you a poet with an interest in science? Until the end of January 2017, you can contribute a poem on a science-based theme to a special anthology, compiled by a Liverpool John Moores University student, Callan Waldron-Hall. Click here to find out more.