Iodine Global Network (IGN)

Iodine in global news

27. March 2017

Kashmir begins a goiter and iodine status survey

The Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Srinagar has started goiter survey in various areas. The study is being done in collaboration with Department of Biochemistry and multi-specialty research unit established by Indian...

27. March 2017

High burden of Iodine deficiency found in Israel’s first national survey

“High risk of impaired neurological development of the fetus in Israel” Ministry of Health supported research effort; now, eradicating iodine deficiency will require government funding and legislation, and a government-regulated program of salt or ...

27. March 2017

Israelis have among world's worst iodine deficiency

Acute iodine deficiency is costing Israelis IQ points and all we need to do to prevent neuro-damage is iodize salt like rest of world, say doctors. For the first time, Israelis have been surveyed for iodine levels and the discovered deficiencies have...

21. March 2017

Sustainable elimination of IDD in Latin America

A report has been published of the sub-regional workshops conducted in Latin America to evaluate the current IDD situation of the countries in the Region. The workshops were organized jointly by UNICEF and the Iodine Global Network, and their...

21. March 2017

February IDD Newsletter features Latin America, IQ impact

The February IDD Newsletter has been distributed and is posted on our website. Articles focus on the challenges in Latin America and the impact of iodized salt in enhancing IQ of newborn infants.

02. February 2017

Xenia Tchoumitcheva raises more than 1,000 GBP for the IGN

The Swiss, Russian-born model and enterpreneur Xenia Tchoumitcheva (@xenia) has launched a two-week fundraising campaign for the IGN via the All Charities UK online platform. Xenia is the first celebrity to launch a campaign with All Charities, and we...

16. December 2016

Why has Australia fallen behind Kazakhstan in school performance?

By Cres Eastman for the Sydney Morning Herald When will we ever learn? After the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Studies and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study results were released in 2012 there was widespread...

10. November 2016

Northern Ireland: Pregnant women may be iodine deficient

by Amber Cox, originally published on the Healio website on November 9, 2016 Iodine deficiency in pregnant women from Northern Ireland is common, but offspring have adequate iodine levels, according to a recent study. “A re-emergence of mild ...

08. November 2016

UK: Lack of iodine during pregnancy linked to lower IQ in babies

Originally published in the Irish News on November 8, 2016 Pregnant women are being encouraged to include iodine-rich foods such as dairy, fish, eggs and cranberries in their diet to avoid compromising their unborn children's brain development...

08. November 2016

Thailand: Iodine deficiency still a problem in northeastern provinces

THE government is set to solve lack of iodine problem in Thai children with a long-term plan as a carry-on of His Majesty the late King’s aspiration to help his people. The Department of Medical Sciences (DMS) was concerned after its latest worrying...

30. October 2016

Thai government aims to boost iodine levels

The Department of Medical Sciences (DMS) has devised a long-term plan to tackle iodine deficiency in Thai children, an issue His Majesty the late King sought to address. Citing the results of tests on newborn infants' thyroid-stimulating hormone, an...

27. October 2016

Sarajevo workshop puts major focus on sustainability of IDD prevention

On October 13-14, 2016, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, IGN and UNICEF held a consultative workshop for multi-sector country teams from the western part of the UNICEF CEE/CIS (Central and Eastern Europe/Commonwealth of Independent States) Region,...

27. October 2016

UNICEF emphasizes the importance of maintaining universal availability of iodised salt to protect China’s pregnant women and children against Iodine Deficiency Disorders

Global experts are convening in Harbin, China to review China’s successful salt iodisation program. The conference will review current global and national recommendations, discuss issues with USI implementation, methods for surveillance and monitoring,...

28. September 2016

Pakistan: UK-funded fortification program targets women and children

By Lynda Searby, 27-Sep-2016 A £48m (€55m) five-year, large-scale fortification programme is being rolled out this month in Pakistan in a bid to combat malnutrition in women and children.

20. September 2016

Israel: Desalinated sea water linked to iodine deficiency

Hebrew University study suggests that desalination can dramatically increase the prevalence of inadequate iodine intake. "There is no doubt that desalination is a blessing. However, we need to be mindful of unintended consequences," says Dr. Aron ...

19. July 2016

#FutureFortified global recommendations released

The Government of Tanzania and GAIN hosted the #FutureFortified Global Summit on Food Fortification from 9 to 11 September 2015 in Arusha, Tanzania. As part of the Summit Technical Advisory Group, the Iodine Global Network helped to design the evidence...

18. July 2016

Micronutrient supplements are important for pregnant women

Prenatal multivitamins are an "unnecessary expense" according to a review published by BMJ earlier this week, which advised pregnant women to focus on supplementing with folic acid and vitamin D supplements while improving their overall diet. According ...

11. July 2016

Mozambique to fortify 5 foods, including salt

Mozambique published legislation on 18 April 2016 to fortify five food vehicles as part of its multi-sector plan to reduce chronic undernutrition. The mandate calls for fortification of wheat flour, corn meal, cooking oil, sugar, and salt. The law...

11. July 2016

Study in Ireland shows iodine status is improved by continued exposure to a seaweed-rich environment

The research published in the Irish Medical Journal says iodine intake, which is essential to brain development in children, is improved by continued exposure to a seaweed-rich environment. The two-decade study, led by Prof Peter Smyth of both...

29. June 2016

Australia: Mandatory double-fortification of bread brings significant health benefits

A new study has found the mandatory introduction of folic acid and iodine to bread has brought significant health benefits to Australians. The rates of spina bifida and other neural birth defects in Australian babies have declined since the introduction...

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