Iodine Global Network (IGN)

01.08.2012   IDD Newsletter 3/2012

In this issue:
  • Sudan
  • UK
  • Pandas
  • China
  • New Zealand
  • Ghana
  • Zambia
  • India
  • Meetings and Announcements
  • Abstracts


Sudan launches universal salt iodization

(Izzeldin Hussein)
Iodine deficiency in Sudan is widespread with less than 10% of the population having access to iodized salt. It is particularly severe in the mountains of Darfur and Nile State where goiter rates approach 90%. An IDD Control Program was initiated in Sudan ...

Iodine deficiency in the UK – the way forward

(J Lazarus)
It is remarkable that iodized salt is hardly available in the UK because the major supermarket chains do not stock it, while at the same time British salt producers sell tons of iodized salt to export markets. There are no legislative barriers; supermarkets could provide a significant public service by simply offering iodized salt ...

Even giant pandas need a little iodine

(Milewski AV and Dierenfeld ES)
Pandas are endemic to iodine-poor environments and consume bamboo, a food rich in goitrogens. The authors suggest iodine deficiency could contribute to the poor reproductive rates of pandas. The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is listed as critically endangered. This bear faces a high risk of extinction in the wild, with small populations ...

Iodized salt in China provides 2/3rds of dietary iodine and ensures iodine nutrition in the population

(Y Wu, X Li, S Chang, L Liu, S Zou and D Hipgrave)
China was formerly severely affected by iodine deficiency, with 720 million people at risk. In the early 1970s, surveys identified 35 million individuals with IDD manifesting as goiter, and an additional 250,000 with typical cretinism. A meta-analysis of 36 studies from the affected locations showed a mean deficit ...

Iodized salt in bread increases iodine intakes in New Zealand

(SA Skeaff, E Lonsdale-Cooper and Kacey Culliney)
In 2009, mandatory iodine fortification in bread was introduced across New Zealand and Australia. Two new reports suggest this policy, aimed to correct mild to moderate iodine deficiency, is showing benefit in New Zealand ...

‚Smart salt‘ reduces iodine deficiency in Ghana

(Madeleine Logan)
IDD is easily and effectively prevented with the use of iodized salt use, but Ghana has persistently low iodized salt consumption. In response, UNICEF is supporting a campaign to achieve universal salt iodization in the region. The campaign, led by the Ghana Health Service and supported by salt traders, chop bar owners, students and parents ...

Zambia zeroes in on IDD elimination

Zambia had previously in 2002 conducted an IDD impact survey as a follow up of the 1993 IDD baseline survey. The 2002 survey findings showed that remarkable progress had been made in the fight against IDD since 1993, when the Government of Zambia adopted the universal use of iodized salt as the main strategy to eliminate IDD ...

The GAIN-UNICEF Salt Iodization Partnership Project: optimizing the production, distribution and use of iodized salt in India

(Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, Geneva, Switzerland)
With funding from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have partnered to support the reduction of iodine deficiency in 13 countries, as part of the global effort toward Universal Salt Iodization (USI). Since 2009, this collaboration ...