Iodine Global Network (IGN)

Iodine in global news

28. June 2018

IGN is seeking a technical consultant on strengthening fortificant (KIO3/premix) procurement systems in South-East Asia

In order to support national salt iodization programmes in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region, the Iodine Global Network (IGN), on behalf of the UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO), proposes to hire a consultant or consulting firm to...

31. May 2018

A consultation on Double Fortified Salt (DFS): A call for authors

IGN is seeking individuals or institutions interested in taking the lead in the development of background papers for a global consultation on Double Fortified Salt (DFS). Several million people globally suffer from sub-optimal intake of vitamins and...

29. May 2018

China reconsiders iodized salt policy amid health concerns

China will change its requirement that all salt nationwide be iodized and instead set different standards for different regions, The Beijing News reported Thursday. Zhang Wanqi, a nutrition expert at Tianjin Medical University, told Sixth Tone that...

28. May 2018

Adding iodine to salt could help children reach full academic potential

Experts want iodine to be added to salt after research showed that a lack of the mineral in pregnant women stops half of all children reaching their full academic potential. Iodine is an essential nutrient for foetal brain development, but studies...

28. May 2018

Iodine deficiency comes back to Vietnam

Iodine deficiency, which can causes mental retardation, has come back to Vietnam, especially in mountain communities, the country's National Hospital of Endocrinology said on Saturday. According to the hospital's latest survey, some 60 percent of...

28. May 2018

Cambodia: Salt producers told to add iodine or risk losing licence

Salt producers must now add iodine to their product or face losing their business licence after the government passed a Prakas banning sales of non-iodised salt. The move aims to tackle iodine deficiency, which is considered the leading preventable...

21. May 2018

China to amend 24-year-old iodized salt policy

China's National Health Commission plans to amend a 24-year-old regulation covering iodized salt, demanding that producers provide non-iodized salt to meet the needs of some groups. The draft amendment calls for a scientific approach and a flexible...

11. May 2018

Azerbaijan’s Food Safety Agency to control quality of salt, grain

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has signed a decree on amending the "Decree on Ensuring the Implementation of the Law of Azerbaijan on Salt Iodization for the Purpose of Mass Prevention of Iodine Deficiency Diseases", dated Sept. 27, 2003. In...

01. May 2018

Krakow Declaration urges Europe to tackle iodine deficiency in kids

Scientists taking part in the EUthyroid project have signed up to the Krakow declaration of iodine, which urges European governments to support efforts in eliminating the micronutrient’s deficiency.

01. May 2018

Risk for iodine deficiency and hypothyroidism high in children on parenteral nutrition

Children who are receiving chronic parenteral nutrition (PN) therapy may be at a higher risk of developing an iodine deficiency and subsequent hypothyroidism, according to a study published in Pediatrics. Researchers performed a cross-sectional study...

27. April 2018

St. Lucia: Caribbean island urinary iodine and salt survey

PAHO, UNICEF, and the Ministry of Health have combined forces in an effort to identify health gaps in children which may contribute to chronic diseases and affect their learning abilities in the future. Saint Lucia is currently the 6th Caribbean...

18. April 2018

Naukowcy podpisali "Krakowską deklarację o jodzie"

Jod jest krytycznym mikroelementem dla rozwoju mózgu u dzieci. Naukowcy obawiają się, że nawet 50 proc. wszystkich noworodków w Europie nie osiągnie pełni swoich funkcji poznawczych z powodu niedoboru jodu. W środę, 18 kwietnia, prezentując na...

28. March 2018

New survey finds teenage girls in Northern Ireland have adequate amounts of iodine in their bodies

A new survey of 14-15 year old girls in Northern Ireland has found they have adequate amounts of iodine in their bodies based on guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO). This is the finding from a new report commissioned by safefood and...

05. March 2018

Health Ministry to commence national micronutrient survey

The Government of The Gambia, through the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA), in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoH&SW), UNICEF and The Gambia Bureau of Statistics (GBoS), will conduct a nationwide Micronutrient Survey from 12th...

01. February 2018

Nepal to celebrate February as ‘iodine month’

KATHMANDU: The Salt Trading Corporation (STC) is all set to celebrate the month of February as the ‘iodine month’ beginning from Friday. The move aims to promote consumption of iodised salt and control diseases caused by iodine deficiency like goiter,...

17. January 2018

Fortifying salt with iodine – a simple measure to prevent intellectual disability

Russian bloggers, media representatives and policy-makers gathered at a WHO event in Moscow to hear experts and researchers explain how iodine deficiency in pregnancy affects development of the child’s brain. This event kicked off a social media...

28. November 2017

Iodine-enriched bouillon slows returning deficiency in Vietnam

Uniben’s ‘3 Mien Bouillon’ comes almost a decade after the country successfully contained the issue. Millions of Vietnamese meals are being enriched with iodine thanks to Uniben, a Vietnamese food manufacturer, and its latest iodized seasoning ‘3 Mien...

30. October 2017

Ghana: Undernutrition is a major challenge affecting children

Professor Matilda Steiner-Asiedu, President of the Ghana Nutrition Association, has described undernutrition as a major challenge affecting children’s wellbeing and development in Ghana. She said only 13 per cent of children aged six to 23 months...

26. October 2017

Global IDD Prevention day observed

Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day was observed today at IMA Hall Lamphelpat under the theme Daily Consumption of Iodised Salt is the Solution to the problem of Iodine Deficiency Disorders. The observance was organised by the State ...

23. October 2017

What is iodised salt? Is it the only way to get iodine in your diet?

"Iodine is essential for healthy brain development in the fetus and young child. Iodine deficiency negatively affects the health of women, as well as economic productivity and quality of life," WHO. "Iodised salts were developed to create a standard...

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