Iodine Global Network (IGN)

IODINE Global Network

A landmark year for the global fight against iodine deficiency

May, 2017
by Jonathan Gorstein IGN Executive Director

2016 was truly a landmark year for IGN, our partners, and the global effort to eliminate iodine deficiency. We have conducted a remarkable breadth of work throughout the world in 2016. It is truly an exciting time as we gain experience from mature Universal Salt Iodization (USI) programs to expand our suite of tools to support and sustain IDD elimination. We are delighted to share a few highlights from our year and our 2016 Annual ReportAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster:
A landmark moment in the Americas. Last year we celebrated a tremendous achievement: the virtual elimination of IDD in the Americas. As the first region to celebrate such progress, the Americas mark a significant first in the global fight against IDD.

Thirty years of fighting iodine deficiency. 2016 marked our 30-year anniversary as an organization. Since the IGN was founded in 1986, as the International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD), iodine deficiency has plummeted globally.

Remarkable global progress. Iodine deficiency continued to decline sharply last year. At the end of 2016, only 19 countries in the world were classified as iodine insufficient, down from 113 in 1993. Over this period, millions of children were born protected from brain damage due to iodine deficiency.

A global network hundreds strong. Our growth and results are a direct consequence of the contributions of our partners and collaborators, a global network that has grown to hundreds. In 2016, we worked with UNICEF, WHO, CDC, and many others across the world.

“We have conducted a remarkable breadth of work throughout the world in 2016. It is truly an exciting time as we gain experience from mature Universal Salt Iodization (USI) programs to expand our suite of tools to support and sustain IDD elimination.”


– Jonathan Gorstein, Executive Director, Iodine Global Network

Our 2016 report shares just a few highlights from our work across our four pillars:

Harmonization of national and global iodine programs. In 2016, the IGN collaborated with the Food Fortification Initiative (FFI), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and the Micronutrient Forum (MN Forum) to develop an exciting new food fortification and data analysis tool, launched in September 2017. Visit the Global Food Fortification Data Exchange (GFDx) hereAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster.

Advocacy for political will. In 2016 we advocated for Universal Salt Iodization programs across the world, including work to support healthy pregnancies in the UK, USI in China in the midst of policy reform, sustained IDD programs in Central and Eastern Europe, and alignment with salt reduction efforts worldwide.

Program monitoring. We worked closely with UNICEF and WHO to develop resources to improve tracking of iodized salt, measurement of iodine in the diet, and data analysis of population iodine status.

Rigorous research. We investigated how well iodized salt meets the needs of the population, especially pregnant women. With our partner ETH Zurich, we initiated important research to better estimate iodine insufficiency within populations.

Thirty years on, our vision remains a world where all people attain optimal iodine nutrition and children can reach their full cognitive potential. Thank you to our regional and national coordinators and partners throughout the globe for the remarkable progress we achieved together in 2016. For more, read the reportAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster.

 

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