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IODINE Global Network

31.05.2018   IDD Newsletter 2/2018

In this issue:
  • Sustained control of iodine deficiency in Sri Lanka
  • UNICEF: Updating guidance on the monitoring of salt iodization programs and population iodine status
  • Belize takes part in a Caribbean survey of iodine status
  • SIMPLIFY study: universal salt iodization provides sufficient iodine in the first 1,000 days of life
  • Iodine deficiency prevention strategies in South-Eastern Europe and Central Asia: 2009-2016
  • EUthyroid scientists warn that widespread lack of iodine threatens brain development in children
  • IGN Guide: Estimating the use of iodized salt in industrially processed foods

In Meetings and Announcements:
  • China celebrates USI program’s success on IDD Prevention Day
  • World Salt Symposium, June 19-21
  • Latin American Thyroid Society statement on salt iodization published on World Thyroid Day
  • WHO appoints new Regional Director for EMRO
  • IGN Satellite Meeting at the annual ETA meeting, September 15
  • IGN NC for Panama, Mabel Mas, recognized for her work on improving iodine nutrition.
  • New Lancet Series: Preconception health

Articles

Sustained control of iodine deficiency in Sri Lanka

(Dr. Renuka Jayatissa, Prof. D.N. Fernando, Dr. Himali Herath )
The Sri Lankan National Iodine Survey of school children (6–12 years) was carried out by the Department of Nutrition of the Medical Research Institute in collaboration with UNICEF and the World Food Program.

Updating guidance on the monitoring of salt iodization programs and population iodine status

(UNICEF)
Building on the results of a UNICEF-IGN Technical Working Group Meeting, a new UNICEF Program Guide addresses common monitoring challenges to help managers improve the effectiveness of national salt iodization programs.

Belize completes first national survey of iodine status

The Iodine Global Network, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and UNICEF has completed the collection of urine samples in the first national iodine survey in Belize.

Universal salt iodization provides adequate iodine in the first 1,000 days of life

(Susanne Dold et al. The Journal of Nutrition. 2018 Apr 1;148(4):587-98.)
The global strategy to correct iodine deficiency through universal salt iodization (USI) has been remarkably successful in the general population. The newly published SIMPLIFY study shows that USI, when truly universal, provides sufficient iodine to meet the dietary iodine requirements of pregnant and breastfeeding women, and weaning infants.

Iodine deficiency prevention strategies in South-Eastern Europe and Central Asia: 2009–2016

(Gregory Gerasimov, Frits van der Haar, John H. Lazarus)
Universal salt iodization (USI) strategies gained strong momentum in countries of the Southern Europe and Central Asia (SECA) region during 2000–2009 and allowed many countries to achieve or approach optimal iodine nutrition.

EUthyroid scientists warn that widespread lack of iodine threatens brain development in children

On 18th April, the scientists investigating iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) as part of the Horizon2020 research and innovation action EUthyroid met in Poland to sign the ’Kraków Declaration on Iodine.’

Guide to estimating the use of iodized salt in industrially processed foods

(Jacky Knowles, Robin Houston, Karen Codling, Jonathan Gorstein)
The Iodine Global Network has developed new program guidance to help estimate the contribution of processed foods to total salt and potential iodine intake among different population groups.

Strengthening laboratory monitoring to sustain USI in India

(IGN Office for South Asia)
On 24-27 June 2018, a four-day training workshop was conducted jointly by IGN South Asia, Nutrition International (NI), and the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in New Delhi. The purpose of the training program was to “Strengthen laboratory monitoring of salt iodization to achieve Universal Salt Iodization (USI).”

 

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