Iodine Global Network (IGN)

Belize conducts its first National Survey to estimate iodine status in school-age children

"Are Our Kids Getting Enough Iodine and Salt?"

Published: May 8, 2018

The Ministry of Health is undertaking a two week survey to measure and report on the levels of iodine in children in Belize. Four hundred school children between the ages of six to twelve from four primary schools in Belize, Stann Creek and Corozal districts will participate in the study. The study which starts this week at two primary schools in the Belize district will measure the students’ height, weight and head circumference will be measured and bodily fluid samples will be taken to be tested in a lab. The study will be carried out next week at the other two out-district schools. The study called the Caribbean Regional Urinary Iodine and Sodium Study 2018 is being done in partnership with PAHO, UNICEF and the Iodine Global Network across eight other Caribbean countries. Professor Michael Zimmermann, of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland will be leading the exercise in Belize. He explains why the survey is important.

"National Nutrition and online Study in Belize"

Published: May 7, 2018

The Ministry of Health in collaboration with UNICEF Belize is spearheading the first National Nutrition and online Study in Belize.