Iodine Global Network (IGN)

Iodine in the global news

26. November 2019

The Mombasa Declaration on sustainable optimal iodine nutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa

We, the participants representing Governments and Salt Producers from Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and partner organization applaud, the Ministry...

22. November 2019

Iodine status of non-pregnant women and availability of food vehicles for fortification with iodine in a remote community in Gulf province, Papua New Guinea

Research article by: Janny M. Goris, Victor J. Temple, Joan Sumbis, Nienke Zomerdijk, Karen Codling

31. October 2019

New National Surveys in India

Two new national surveys in India confirm achievement of optimal iodine nutrition in all age groups.

29. April 2019

Kenya: Let's leverage food fortification for healthy outcomes

Today, nearly half of children born in urban and a quarter of those born in rural Kenya are likely to suffer brain and spinal cord defects due to folate (Vitamin B9) deficiency. Moreover, about a third of children are at risk of blindness due to Vitamin ...

29. April 2019

USA: These Maine entrepreneurs want you to eat seaweed And love it

If you find yourself asking, “What’s Seaweed Week?” or more to the point, “Why should I care?” Josh Rogers can explain. Seaweed Week is his idea, dreamed up to highlight the many virtues of seaweed and insert it into the consciousness of America as...

26. April 2019

Ireland: Do you risk losing key nutrients by switching from milk to non-dairy alternatives?

Once we sloshed cow’s milk over our cereal but now it’s all about choice. But do we risk losing key nutrients by switching to non-dairy options, asks Sharon Ní Chonchúir. (...) Iodine is another nutrient that may be missing from the diets of people...

22. February 2019

Kiwanis gives UNICEF $200,000 to fight IDD in Sudan

The Kiwanis Children’s Fund Board of Trustees has approved a US$200,000 grant to help UNICEF fight dangerously low levels of salt iodization in Sudan. Kiwanis International has been committed to eliminating iodine deficiency disorders since 1994, when ...

26. December 2018

Argentina: 70% of the salt consumed is not iodized (In Spanish)

Durante un encuentro de formación para salineros, desde Iodine Global Network destacaron que en Salta solo cinco salineras cumplen las normativas vigentes. Los alimentos industriales no se elaboran con sal yodada. Durante el tercer encuentro de asesoría...

11. October 2018

First European map on iodine deficiency

Excerpted from: "First European map on iodine deficiency" by CORDIS. Published in Medical Xpress on October 10, 2018. Harmonisation of the collective approaches that ensure sufficient iodine intake in European countries is imperative for the ...

21. August 2018

Philippines: Groups back bill exempting local sea salt from ASIN law

FOOD entrepreneurs and exporters want to make the non-iodization of salt no longer a sin under the law. In a position paper, multisectoral group Competitiveness Currency Forum (CCF) rallied behind House Bill (HB) 4939, filed by Reps. Ron P. Salo of...

21. August 2018

Micronutrient deficiencies: The importance of vitamin A and iodine

In developing countries across the globe, many people suffer from micronutrient deficiencies, stemming from improper nourishment and leading to a number of health problems. Vitamin A and iodine deficiencies have serious consequences for mothers and...

14. August 2018

Pakistan: Survey to assess success of food fortification programmes

A survey will be conducted in Islamabad to assess that how much fortified foods have contributed to the health and growth of women of reproductive age (aged 15-49 years) and children under five. Food fortification, over the years, has become a ...

14. August 2018

To the salt flats of Senegal for a buoyant business idea

Salt Queen’s micro-enterprise produces four to five tonnes of product a day in peak season Senegal is the largest salt producer in west Africa, harvesting almost half a million tonnes every year. Small-scale harvesters, who work in areas such as Lake...

11. August 2018

India: Strategy to meet demand for iodized salt necessary for healthy life

Chennai sources stated that Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) is a major public health problem in the state and this is why daily consumption of iodized salt was the devised strategy. Meanwhile a large population of children face iodine deficiency as...

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...

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