Iodine Global Network (IGN)

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Global iodine scorecard and map

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Global Iodine Scorecard

Last updated: 12 July 2019

Global map of iodine nutrition

Last updated: 12 July 2019

Global map of legislation on salt iodization

The latest map indicates that 108 countries have legal documentation requiring mandatory fortification of salt with iodine. It is correct as of 7th May 2018. It is sourced from the Global Fortification Data Exchange (GFDx)Achtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster, a new tool created by a consortium of partners in food fortification: Food Fortification Initiative (FFI), Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Iodine Global Network (IGN), and Micronutrient Forum. Visit the GFDx website to access and download the latest interactive maps and visualizations of data on fortification of salt, maize, oil, rice and wheat flour.

Household coverage of iodized salt

Source: UNICEF State of the World's Children, 2017

Selected resources

Gizak M, Rogers L, Gorstein J, Zimmermann M, Andersson M
Presented as a poster at Nutrition 2018, the American Society for Nutrition annual conference, on 9-12 June, 2018, Boston, MA, USA.

Karen Codling, Christiane Rudert, France Bégin, and Juan Pablo Peña-Rosas
Public Health Nutrition

These maps show global progress made at the national level since the first global scorecard was published in 1993 to the most recent update in January 2015. The darker the colour, the more severe the iodine deficiency as a public health problem.

IDD Newsletter 1/2015
Before 1990, only a handful of countries were iodine sufficient. As a result of remarkable efforts in the past two and a half decades, the latest global estimate of iodine nutrition looks more optimistic than ever. Here is a summary of the most important changes since 2012.

Elizabeth N. Pearce, Maria Andersson, and Michael B. Zimmermann
THYROID, Volume 23, Number 5

Maria Andersson, Vallikkannu Karumbunathan, and Michael B. Zimmermann
The Journal of Nutrition

Michael B. Zimmermann and Maria Andersson
Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes 19:382–387

Bruno de Benoist, Erin McLean, Maria Andersson, and Lisa Rogers
Food and Nutrition Bulletin vol. 29, no. 3

Bruno de Benoist, Maria Andersson, Ines Egli, Bahi Takkouche, Henrietta Allen
Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, WHO
World Health Organization: Geneva
ISBN 92 4 159200 1