Iodine Global Network (IGN)

01.08.2008   IDD Newsletter 3/2008

In this issue:
  • Europe
  • Belgium
  • Albania
  • Sweden
  • Spain
  • Luxembourgsalt meeting
  • Copenhagen Consensus
  • Iodine excess
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Tibet
  • Meetings and Announcements
  • Abstracts


A new strategy to optimize iodine intake in Belgium

(Rodrigo Moreno-Reyes, Jean Vanderpas, Jean Neve, Stefanie Vandevijvere and Herman Van Oyen)
Surveys in the last 50 years have repeatedly indicated that Belgium is affectedby mild iodine deficiency (MID). In 2000, the median urinary iodine excretion and goiter prevalence in schoolchildren was 80 ug/l and 6%, respectively. Consequently, optimizing iodineintake was chosen among several othernutritional issues as a priority by the Ministry of Health in its “National Nutrition and Health Plan for Belgium”(NNHP-B) for 2005-2010. Within the framework of the NNHP-B, a workinggroup was created to propose a strategy to increase iodine intake in Belgium ...

Fighting IDD in Albania: a national survey and anew salt iodization law

(Michael Zimmermann)
Iodine deficiency remains a public health problem, with over half of Albanian children having inadequateintakes of iodine. Albania emerged from 45 years of isolation following the demise of its Communist regime in 1991. The country has faced a difficult socioeconomic and political transition to democracy andopen markets; GDP per capita is one ofthe lowest in Europe. Albania still has the highest child and maternal death rates in Europe and the infant mortality rate is 18 per 1,000 live births. Malnutritionis a serious concern affecting 22% ofchildren ...

The Copenhagen Consensus: Implications for Iodine

(Dr. Susan Horton, Wilfrid Laurier)
Dr. Susan Horton is the lead author of the Copenhagen Consensus Challenge Paper on Hunger and Malnutrition, along with Harold Alderman and Juan A. Rivera. She is from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. During the 2008/09 academic year she will work as visiting scientist with the Micronutrient Initiative (one of the Membersof the Network for Sustained Elimination of Iodine Deficiency) in Ottawa, Canada ...