Iodine Global Network (IGN)

01.05.2008   IDD Newsletter 2/2008

In this issue:
Focus on Russia
  • Russia
  • Moscow IDD Meeting
  • Newborn UI
  • India
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • The flavor of salt
  • Ghana and Senegal small salt producers
  • Book review
  • Meetings and Announcements
  • Abstracts


IDD elimination in Russia: challenges and solutions

(Gregory Gerasimov)
Russian companies producing iodine products a mass profits and discourage adoptionof iodized salt legislation, leaving 20 million Russian infants and children at risk of intellectual impairment due to iodine deficiency ...

ICCIDD Annual Board Meeting and Round Table on IDD in Moscow

The ICCIDD Board of Directors held its annual meeting in Moscow on April 27-28, 2008. The meeting was graciously organized by Gregory Gerasimov, ICCIDD Regional Coordinator for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and a Muscovite himself. The Executive presented their reports, and the Regional Coordinators gave succinct summaries of the challenges and progress in their regions. Pieter Jooste was reelected as Secretary, and David Haxton was reelected to a 3-year term as Executive Director ...

CCIDD Workshop on standardization of thyroid ultrasonography for IDDassessment and monitoring

A training workshop “Standardization and improvement of quality of IDD monitoring”was conducted on June 26-29, 2007 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Reference values for urinary iodine concentrations in newborns using anew pad collection method

(Corine Dorey and Michael Zimmermann)
Monitoring of iodine deficiency should focus on pregnancy and infancy, and the main indicator of iodine intake in populations is the median urinary iodine concentration (UI). WHO / UNICEF / ICCIDD recommend a median UI_>100 µg/liter in infants indicates iodine sufficiency.However,the WHO alsorecommends an iodine intake of 90µg/day during infancy and suggests extrapolating from this to a median UIassuming a urine volume of 300 to 500ml/day, but this would produce a higher cut-off of _>180 µg/liter ...

A call for improved monitoring of the IDD Control Program in India

(Chandrakant Pandav and the ICCIDD India Office)
In the Jan-Mar 2008 issue of the Indian Journal of Public Health, Dr.Pandav and co-authors wrote an impassioned editorial on the need to accelerate IDD control efforts in India. India and Bangladesh are two of United Nations declared 18 priority countries who are yet to achieve Universal Salt Iodization ...

A new iodine laboratory improves Kyrgyzstan’s capacity to monitor iodine nutrition

(Ludmila Ivanova and Arnold Timmer)
Kyrgyzstan remains the second poorest country in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. More than half of the populationlives in poverty and more than one quarter in extreme poverty, affecting more than 60 per cent of children under th eage of 14. Government expenditures on health, education and social protectionare low ...

Is that salt salty or notsalty? What a question!

(Lorenzo Locatelli-Rossi )
As a salt expert,I am often asked:“Thatbrand of salt does not add salt flavor tomy food,why”? Good question and youmay have heard it. So here is my explanation. Often, after visiting a solar salt pan, I would make sure I left with a bag of the good salt, “connoisseurs salt”, the “fior disale” (the flower of salt) or, as it is now known, ‘gourmet salt’! So what is the appeal of this ‘gourmet salt’? Is there any truth to the idea that it has better,‘moresalty’, flavor? ...

Progress in salt iodization among small salt producers in West Africa

(Alexander Miloff)
In Ghana and Senegal, a focus on encouraging salt iodization by small producers is paying dividends. Stretched out over 74 square kilometers, the Songor lagoon near Ada, Ghana driesout seasonally,leaving a white snow-like layer of salt covering its floor. Salt is wealth in this area. During this time, hundreds of members of nearby communities gather here to collect and sell their salt to traders who bring the product to market on heavily laden trucks. It’s afeverish explosion of physical and economic activity that lasts just a few short weeks and yet it produces a significant portion of Ghana’s total salt production for the year ...