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28.02.2018   IDD Newsletter 1/2018

In this issue:
  • Georgia celebrates sustained optimal iodine nutrition
  • High dietary salt intake may cause excessive iodine intakes in the Iraqi Kurdish community
  • Sudan takes a milestone step toward the elimination of iodine deficiency
  • Philippines implements a new plan to eliminate non-iodized salt
  • Mild to moderate iodine deficiency affects women’s ability to become pregnant
  • Sustaining universal salt iodization in Egypt: program successes and challenges
  • Sustaining IDD elimination in Bolivia through better monitoring of iodized salt
  • Production of Cambodian salty condiments with iodized salt
  • Preventing undernutrition must bring tangible results by 2022 in India

In Meetings and Announcements:
  • Creswell Eastman named Officer of the Order of Australia
  • Burundi prepares for first national IDD survey
  • IGN Board meets in Geneva
  • Obituary: Gabriella Morreale de Escobar

Georgia celebrates sustained optimal iodine nutrition

(Gregory Gerasimov, Lela Sturua, Tako Ugulava, Frits van der Haar)
Sustained optimal iodine intakes in Georgian children and pregnant women provide evidence of effectiveness of universal salt iodization (USI). Georgia’s success demonstrates that correctly implemented USI meets the dietary iodine needs of all population groups in both urban and rural settings.

High dietary salt intake may cause excessive iodine intakes in the Iraqi Kurdish community

(Abdolbaset K. Baset, Karzan Hawrami, Scott D. Young and Elizabeth H. Bailey)
A recent dietary survey in the Kurdish area of northern Iraq, led by researchers at the University of Nottingham (UK), has demonstrated that the population is more than sufficient in iodine due to their use of salt in food preparation.

Sudan takes a milestone step toward the elimination of iodine deficiency

A report from the inauguration of the first salt iodization plant in Port-Sudan, Red Sea Province on 7 February, 2018.

Philippines implements a new plan to eliminate non-iodized salt

(Karen Codling, Teofilo San Luis Jr, Ma Lourdes Vega)
A workshop to review the NSIP Strategic Plan before the 2018-2022 cycle is implemented was held on 28-29 November 2017 in Manila under the auspices of the National Nutrition Council of the Department of Health, with representatives from the salt industry, UNICEF, and the Iodine Global Network.

Mild to moderate iodine deficiency affects women’s ability to become pregnant

(Excerpted from: Mills JL et al. Human Reproduction 2018, Jan 11.)
A study was conducted to determine whether a low urinary iodine concentration (UIC) in women attempting to become pregnant is associated with delayed conception.

Sustaining universal salt iodization in Egypt: program successes and challenges

(Ibrahim M Ismail, Izzeldin Hussein)
To reinvigorate the USI program in Egypt, the Iodine Global Network held a twoday workshop on 20–21 December 2017 in Cairo.

Sustaining IDD elimination in Bolivia through better monitoring of iodized salt

(Ana Maria Higa Yamashiro, Yecid Humacayo)
On December 6, 2017, an advocacy meeting was convened in Cochabamba under the auspices of the Bolivian Ministry of Health. Supported by the Iodine Global Network, the meeting brought together the sectoral heads from regions with the lowest iodine intakes to review their achievements and renew engagement in IDD prevention efforts in their regions.

Production of Cambodian salty condiments with iodized salt

(Karen Codling, Un Roeurn, Samoeurn Un)
Use of iodized salt in processed foods appears to be particularly important in the South-East Asia region, where use of salty condiments, such as soya sauce, fish sauce, seasoning powder and fermented fish, in place of table or cooking salt, appears to be particularly prevalent.

Preventing undernutrition must bring tangible results by 2022 in India

(Dr. Chandrakant S Pandav)
While reviewing the ongoing efforts to prevent and reduce undernutrition, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told senior officials that visible and measurable results should be seen by 2022, the year of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.

 

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