Iodine Global Network (IGN) - IDD Newsletter 4/2016

Iodine Global Network (IGN)

IODINE Global Network

12.12.2016   IDD Newsletter 4/2016

In this issue:
  • Angola accelerates salt iodization
  • Virtual elimination of iodine deficiency in the Americas: a public health triumph
  • The 2016 Global Scorecard: towards optimal iodine status
  • Rapid test kits (RTKs) can only provide a 'yes or no' on whether salt contains iodine but cannot assess salt iodine content
  • Can bouillon cubes deliver iodine to West African populations?
  • Sustaining IDD programs in Eastern Europe
  • A practical approach to long-term monitoring of iodine laboratories

In Meetings and Announcements:
  • The Iodine Global Network is recommended as an outstanding giving opportunity
  • Salt + Iodine = Saving IQ in Russia
  • IGN attends the 63rd WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO)
  • A science-themed poetry project will support the IGN
  • IGN statement at the 69th WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia (SEARO)
  • Salt producers in Lebanon receive training on iCheck Iodine machines to improve quality assurance of salt iodization
  • Erratum - Figure correction

Articles

Accelerating salt iodization in Angola

(James P Wirth, Pieter Jooste, Samson Agbo, Celestina Nsalambi André, Cidalina Costa, Maria Futi)
Globally, salt iodization has increased in the past two decades, which has reduced the prevalence and burden of iodine deficiency and IDD. Based on very limited available data, iodine deficiency may be a serious public health problem in Angola, with an estimated 520,000 Angolan infants (or approximately 60% of all infants according to the 2014 Census) at risk of being born iodine deficient.

Virtual elimination of iodine deficiency in the Americas: a public health triumph

In 2016, the American Region is the first in the world to achieve virtual elimination of iodine deficiency. This remarkable achievement was celebrated at a special IGN Symposium at the Micronutrient Forum Global Conference, on October 24 in Cancun, Mexico.

Global Scorecard 2016: towards optimal iodine status

(M Gizak)
Almost two years since the publication of the 2014 Global Scorecard of iodine status (IDD Newsletter 01/2015), the latest Scorecard has been compiled using updated inclusion criteria, and it brings the first ever global estimate of iodine status in pregnant women.

Rapid test kits (RTKs) can only provide a 'yes or no' on whether salt contains iodine but cannot assess salt iodine content

One of the most remarkable public health successes during the past two decades has been the worldwide increase in the consumption of iodized salt and the accompanying reduction in iodine deficiency. In 2014, UNICEF estimated that over 75% of households in the world were using iodized salt.

Can bouillon cubes deliver iodine to West African populations?

(Dédényo M. Adossi, Nita Dalmiya)
Although salt iodization is mandatory across West and Central Africa, household coverage with iodized salt is currently below 90% in most countries. Surveys and studies show that condiments such as bouillon cubes may be helping to meet the dietary requirements for iodine in some population groups.

Sustaining IDD programs in Eastern Europe

A second sub-regional workshop for countries in the Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) Region draws attention to the long-term sustainability of USI programs.

A practical approach to long-term monitoring of iodine laboratories

(Gary Ma)
To ensure sustainability of IDD control programs, it is essential to collect accurate data on urinary iodine levels and salt iodine content. These require rigorous and sustained laboratory testing systems.

 

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