Iodine Global Network (IGN)

01.11.2012   IDD Newsletter 4/2012

In this issue:
  • Vietnam
  • Iodine nutrition landscape analysis
  • DPR Korea
  • Haiti
  • Belgium
  • Meetings and Announcements
  • Abstracts


IDD reappears in Vietnam as vigilance slips

(Phuong Tran)
Your LCD TV screen is made with it; your brain does not function well without it. Meet iodine, a multifunctional chemical element found in soil and seawater that when mixed with table salt, is the most effective way to thwart preventable brain damage. Consumed in inadequate quantities by millions of children globally...

Iodine nutrition and universal salt iodization: a landscape analysis in 2012

(Arnold Timmer)
Universal salt iodization (USI) is the main strategy to eliminate iodine deficiency. Over the past two decades, national salt iodization programs have been introduced and scaled up in many countries. The basic concept of USI implies that all edible salt...

Iodine deficiency in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

(Dr. Kapil Yadav)
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), a country on the northern half of the Korean peninsula with a population of over 24 million, is geologically prone to iodine deficiency owing to its predominantly mountainous terrain. In 1989, on behalf of Unicef-EAPRO, a team comprising of Dr. Chandrakant Pandav and Mr. Venkatesh Mannar undertook a visit to...

Iodine content in imported table salt in Haiti on the eve of a mandatory salt iodization bill

A national iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) survey conducted in 2006 showed that the median urinary iodine concentration in school age children was 84 g/L; 60% of urine samples had an iodine concentration below the minimal normal value of 100 g/L and 25% of samples were below 50 g/L. The prevalence of iodine deficiency was 72% in rural areas (1). Unfortunately, the proportion of households consuming salt with adequate levels of iodine...

Bread with iodized salt boosts iodine nutriti-on in Belgian children, but nonpregnant and pregnant women remain mildly deficient

(Rodrigo Moreno-Reyes)
Despite worldwide success in the implemen-tation of iodine supplementation programs over the last decades, iodine deficiency still remains a public health problem in Europe and other regions of the world. In 2003, only 9 out of 40 countries in Europe had iodized salt coverage of at least 90% in their households (1). Although the number of European countries...