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August 2020
August 2020 IGN and its partners believe in a world where people have access to nutritious food, including the iodine in their diet that allows children to reach their full cognitive potential. The profound health and...
August 2020 This month, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization released its 2020 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World. The report’s major focus was on the need to transform food systems for...
August 2020 Gregory working an IDD assessment in Turkmenistan in 1994. Gregory Gerasimov began his career as an endocrinologist in Moscow, where he was awarded an MD, PhD and Doctor of Medical science at Moscow Medical...
May 2020
May 2020 Dr. Izzeldin Sharief Hussein, Regional Coordinator in the Middle East and North AfricaA Global Public Health Practitioner with a medical background, Dr. Izzeldin Sharief Hussein is currently the Regional Coordinator...
May 2020 By Karen Codling During this unprecedented COVID 19 crisis, representatives from several international non governmental organizations (NGOs) and UNICEF working on food fortification in the Asia region highlighted...
How to improve iodine intakes in communities that don’t have salt. May 2020 By Karen Codling and Victor Temple For all that has been achieved in the fight against iodine deficiency around the world, there still exist...
May 2020 Mr. Wilfred K.M. Kimiri has been a champion for salt iodization in Kenya for nearly 20 years. Starting at Kensalt as an accountant in 1999, and eventually becoming General Manager, Mr. Kimiri developed an interest ...
May 2020 Beginning in November 2019, IGN has hosted seven webinars on the “UNICEF Guidance on the Monitoring of Salt Iodization Programmes and Determination of Population Iodine Status.” The purpose of the...
March 2020
March 2020 Located in the Himalayan Mountain range, where iodine deficiency has long been endemic, Nepal was one of the first countries in the South Asia to recognize the magnitude of the problem and develop a comprehensive...
March, 2020 Mexico has a long history in combating iodine deficiency in its population, dating back to the 1940s. Although there were initial efforts to establish salt iodization activities over the subsequent decades to...
March, 2020 In November 2019, UNICEF, in partnership with IGN, NI, WHO and GAIN and with the support of the Kenyan Government, jointly supported a regional consultation on the sustainable prevention and control of iodine...
March 2020 Dr. Festo Kavishe, Regional Coordinator for Eastern & Southern AfricaHow long have you been with IGN, and what is your role? I have been with IGN for three years, since 2017, as Regional Coordinator for Eastern...
December 2019
December, 2019 IGN: Dr. Pandav, why do you feel so passionately about Universal Salt Iodization? CP: Iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) constitute the single largest cause of preventable brain damage worldwide. The...
October 2019
October, 2019 The Asia Oceania Thyroid Association urges universal salt iodization across the region, a potent advocacy tool to prevent birth defects due to iodine deficiency. The Asia Oceania Thyroid Association has...
July 2019
July, 2019 by Elizabeth Pearce In the first trimester, and at least three months prior to conception, pregnant women should consume 150 µg of iodine a day. Pregnant women with healthy iodine nutrition during the first...
July, 2019 Hidden hunger – the common term for vitamin and mineral deficiency – can be an insidious form of malnutrition because it is less visible than other forms, such as wasting. And yet, not only does this...
May 2019
May, 2019 by Marie Claude Désilets, Minoru Irie, Festo Kavishe and Isiye Ndombi Through strategic partnership, we can protect newborns from Madagascar from preventable brain damage due to iodine deficiency. In Morondava,...
February 2019
February, 2019 Data visualization tool identifies opportunities to reach 2 billion affected by hidden hunger.ATLANTA, Ga.; GENEVA; SEATTLE, Wash.; WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 28, 2019 – Two thirds of all countries mandate...
February, 2019 by Gregory Gerasimov After years of intensive public health campaigning, a proposed bill would address iodine deficiency. In what would be a victory decades in the making, Russian lawmakers may enact a...
February, 2019 It is #SaltAwarenessWeek 2019! With the popularity of sea salt and other culinary salt on the rise, let’s dispel some myths.Sea salt and specialty culinary salts, such as Pink Himalayan Salt, are...
January 2019
January, 2019 by Jonathan Gorstein (IGN), Felix Brooks Church (Sanku PHC), Laura Rowe (FFI), and Penjani Mkambula (GAIN) Working in close collaboration, our organizations are tackling the problem of hidden hunger. We are...
December 2018
December, 2018 Under the academic guidance of Prof. Margaret Rayman and Dr. Sarah Bath, three students at the University of Surrey (UK) recently cooked up a storm with a new evidence based cookbook of iodine rich recipes. We...
December, 2018 by Borislav Karanfilski and Neda Milevska Kostova In the 1990s, the Macedonian population was found to be iodine deficient, and many were at risk from iodine deficiency disorders. Fortunately, the ...
November 2018
November, 2018 Actionable data for food fortification is available on the Global Fortification Data Exchange, now in English y en español! Estos datos se encuentran tanto en inglés como en castellano. GFDx is an ...
October 2018
October, 2018 Highlights from the 21st National Day of Mobilization for the Fight against IDD. In Benin, government leaders and nutrition experts held a gathering to raise awareness in the community for iodine deficiency...
October, 2018 Following the recent news that the UK will add folic acid to flour to prevent birth defects, we sent this urgent letter to the UK government via The Guardian, urging them to add iodine to salt.
October, 2018 How Tata Salt urged the nation to pay attention to iodine nutrition on Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders Prevention Day 2018. In India, our partners at Tata Salt captured the attention of the media and the...
October, 2018 Global Fortification Data Exchange (GFDx) holds workshops across the globe to apply empathy mapping and journey mapping to navigate data system transformation. The Global Fortification Data Exchange (GFDx) held...
September 2018
September, 2018 by Festo Kavishe and Vincent Assey Based on the first survey in Burundi in more than a decade, the salt iodization program is failing to impact women of reproductive age and protect newborns from mental...
June 2018
June, 2018 IGN highlights from the World Salt Symposium 2018 by Jonathan Gorstein Universal Salt Iodization now reaches 86% of the population in low and middle income countries, protecting millions of newborns from...
June, 2018 Universal salt iodization programs, implemented in countries around the world for more than two decades, have led to remarkable progress towards achievement of optimal iodine intake and the prevention of iodine...
May 2018
May, 2018 On May 15, China celebrated National IDD Prevention Day. This year’s celebration was particularly notable, since it has been 25 years since China established its national IDD elimination program. This...
May, 2018 In 2017, the Iodine Global Network collaborated on a poetry anthology which brought together the realms of poetry and science. After a successful launch last year, we’re catching up with its editor Callan...
May, 2018 The Iodine Global Network, with support from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and UNICEF, is conducting the first ever survey of iodine nutrition in nine Caribbean countries. Dubbed the 'Caribbean...
April 2018
April, 2018 by Dr. Maria Andersson The recently published SIMPLIFY study shows that iodized salt, when it's universally available, provides sufficient iodine to meet the dietary needs of pregnant and breastfeeding women, and...
April, 2018 On 18th April, European scientists investigating IDD as part of the EUthyroid project met in Poland to sign the 'Kraków Declaration on Iodine.' It is hoped that a pan European declaration will draw attention...
April, 2018 The Global Fortification Data Exchange (GFDx) is seeking fortification stakeholders interested in improving the use of fortification data to guide their national program decisions. All expressions of interest...
March 2018
March, 2018 The IGN and UNICEF supported a nationwide survey of iodine status and iodized salt to find out if women in Burundi are iodine deficient. The first national survey of iodine nutrition in over a decade is...
February 2018
February, 2018 The IGN is the proud winner of an annual ‘Giving Game’ hosted jointly by Giving What We Can and Students for Global Health at the University of Sheffield, UK. On February 15, 2018, the Iodine...
February, 2018 The IGN with support from UNICEF held a regional workshop on strengthening monitoring systems in countries of South Eastern Europe and Central Asia on February 20, 2018 in Tbilisi, Georgia. As well as...
February, 2018 by Dr. Gregory Gerasimov Georgia has sustained more than a decade of optimal iodine nutrition, according to exciting new results from a national survey of school age children and pregnant women conducted by...
February, 2018 Sudan’s first salt iodization plant marks a milestone toward eliminating iodine deficiency. On February 7th, Sudan opened its first of three new salt iodization plants at the Shafie Factory, in Port...
February, 2018 by Vu Thi Thu Ha , Phuong Do Hong , and Karen Codling Civil society organizations and the scientific community in Vietnam advocate for mandatory salt iodization and its use in processed food. Vietnam passed ...
January 2018
January, 2018 by Karen Codling National stakeholders in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) devise a new strategy to eliminate IDD through the production of adequately iodized salt, with technical support...
January, 2018 by Jonathan Gorstein At the start of 2018, we remain on track toward the goal of eliminating iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) in all countries by 2020. When it finally happens, it will be an outcome of the...
December 2017
December, 2017 See also: Opinion: Fighting hidden hunger with data Published on 14 September, 2017. Written jointly by members of the GFDx Core Group. The coalition group that launched the Global Fortification Data...
November 2017
November, 2017 by Festo Kavishe and Vincent Assey In Eastern & Southern Africa, countries are putting national nutrition on the agenda as an investment in economic prosperity. Universal Salt Iodization is in the vanguard....
November, 2017 by Nicholas Hutchings and Gregory Gerasimov Thanks to Universal Salt Iodization, Armenia has recovered from historic iodine deficiency to sustain ten years of healthy iodine nutrition. The medical and public...
October 2017
October, 2017 See also: In industrialized countries including the U.S., U.K., and Canada, dairy is a primary source of iodine, and those who are dairy free may be at risk of deficiency of this essential nutrient. If you ...
October, 2017 Highlights from a scientific symposium devoted to iodine nutrition in Europe See also: In Europe, signs and symptoms of what we now recognize as iodine deficiency have been recorded in art and literature for...
September 2017
September, 2017 by the GFDx Core Group See also: Opinion: Fighting hidden hunger with data Published on 14 September, 2017. Written jointly by members of the GFDx Core Group. With our partners the Food Fortification...
August 2017
August, 2017 See also: Iodine intakes are borderline adequate in war torn Yemen Protecting children from brain damage due to iodine deficiency is possible in war torn Yemen, with a strengthened salt iodization program. The...
July 2017
July, 2017 See also: Iodine rich groundwater, and not iodized salt, provides children and pregnant women in Djibouti with sufficient iodine A new water source will disrupt Djibouti’s source of iodine. IGN is working...
June 2017
June, 2017 by Gregory Gerasimov IGN Regional Coordinator for Eastern Europe & Central Asia Following a successful nationwide public health campaign, iodine nutrition in Russia has been on the lips of the national media,...
May 2017
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 ...
February 2017
February, 2017 The Iodine Global Network mourns the loss of Dr Basil Hetzel, world renowned epidemiologist, and founding father of the International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD, now the...
January 2017
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October 2016
19 20 October 2016, China UNICEF emphasizes the importance of maintaining universal availability of iodised salt to protect China’s pregnant women and children against Iodine Deficiency Disorders Without the right...
13 14 October 2016 The participant details and country posters can be found here.On October 13 14, 2016, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, IGN and UNICEF held a consultative workshop for multi sector country teams from ...
6 October 2016 See also: On October 6, 2016, a nationwide campaign to promote iodized salt and prevent IDD was launched in Russia. The campaign is the erfort of the Russian Endocrinology Association and medical student...
September 2016
3 September 2016 On Saturday 3rd September, the Iodine Global Network (Western and Central Europe) and EUthyroid held a joint satellite meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, organized as a pre conference event of the 39th annual...
March 2016
17 March 2016, London On 17 March 2016, the Iodine Global Network held a Symposium on Iodine and Pregnancy for health professionals, at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London, UK Recent studies have...
October 2015
12 14 October 2015 In October, the Iodine Global Network held a Regional Workshop on “Achieving universal salt iodization for optimal iodine nutrition” in Bangkok, Thailand. The three day event was organized...
September 2015
24 25 September 2015 On September 24 25, 2015, the IGN and UNICEF held a consultative workshop for countries in the CEE/CIS (Central and Eastern Europe/ Commonwealth of Independent States) Region on "Sustainable prevention ...


 

 

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