Iodine Global Network (IGN)


IGN REGION: South Asia
MUIC* (µg/L): 178 (2019) National, WRA
* MUIC, median urinary iodine concentration
SAC: school-age children / WRA: women of reproductive age / PW: pregnant women / NPNLW: Non-Pregnant Non-Lactating Women


31. October 2019

New National Surveys in India

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

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...

26. October 2017

Global IDD Prevention day observed

Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day was observed today at IMA Hall Lamphelpat under the theme Daily Consumption of Iodised Salt is the Solution to the problem of Iodine Deficiency Disorders...

22. October 2017

India: Kohima village declared ‘first non-iodized salt free village’

Kohima village was declared the “first non-iodized salt free village” and has pledged to procure, stock, sell and consume only iodised salt. According to DIPR report, the declaration was made during...

27. March 2017

Kashmir begins a goiter and iodine status survey

The Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Srinagar has started goiter survey in various areas. The study is being done in collaboration with Department of Biochemistry and...

22. February 2016

India: Congenital hypothyroidism needs early detection

Congenital hypothyroidism is one of the most common, preventable causes of mental retardation. Worldwide, congenital hypothyroidism affects one in 3,800 newborn babies on an average. Studies from Mumbai...

26. October 2015

After iodine, an iron shot for salt

The double-fortified salt has cleared animal trials, with mice fed with it showing rise in haemoglobin For several years now, iodine has been a standard ingredient in common salt that we use in India....

03. September 2015

Indian 'Tata Salt' launches iodized salt fortified with iron

Tata Salt, one of the leading players in the branded iodised salt market, today announced the launch of India's first national brand of packaged iron-fortified iodized salt, Tata Salt Plus in Tamil Nadu...

18. June 2015

Raising awareness of the importance of iodine in Tamil Nadu, India

About 2 million children in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu are prone to Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) and hence the personnel at the public distribution outlet should explain the importance of...

15. June 2015

India: Research needed to confirm if iodine bindis are effective

An initiative called 'Life Saving Dot' is trying use bindis, small dots worn by women between their eyebrows, to deliver an essential micronutrient to women who might not be getting enough. That's the...

08. June 2015

Iodine bindis: Science or swindle?

Can you imagine an idea by a Singapore-based advertising agency and the research and development by an NGO in India to make a bindi coated with iodine that claims to be able to save countless Indian...

20. May 2015

Indian state of Odisha to test iodine levels in retail and household salt

In order to reduce increasing cases of Iodine Deficiency Disorder in the state, the Public Health department of Odisha is set to start a campaign to check the quantity of iodine in iodized salt. ...

20. April 2015

Iodine bindis should be taken with a pinch of salt

It seems like a brilliantly simply idea. Indian women with iodine deficiencies could be spared severe medical conditions, says an advertising agency, if they use a special version of an everyday beauty...

06. April 2015

More than half of retail salt is not iodized in Coimbatore district, India

In a recent drive by the food safety department in the district, officials found that over 50% of salt samples that they collected were not iodized, making the salt substandard. With iodine deficiency...

28. February 2015

IDD sensitization meeting held in Manipur, India

A one-day state level sensitisation meeting of National Iodine Deficiency Disorder Control Program (NIDDCP), Manipur was organised by the National Rural Health Mission (IDD cell) at the MACS Conference...

19. January 2015

Families in Uttar Pradesh, India, to receive free double-fortified salt

Uttar Pradesh government will provide Meerut and nine other districts with salt fortified with iron and iodine free of cost, under a pilot project to be launched soon. The salt will be made available...

11. January 2015

India pledges financial assistance for goiter control in Nepal

India today pledged to provide Rs 69 million as assistance to Nepal to launch an iodine deficiency programme across the country. Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae handed over a cheque of Rs 17. 25...

06. January 2015

India requires a National Salt Policy to achieve 100% USI

India requires a comprehensive National Salt Policy to achieve 100% Universal Salt Iodization (USI) and to address the numerous issues faced by the salt industry, industry experts said on Monday (5...

24. October 2014

Survey shows 92% of families in Manipur, India are using iodized salt

The State Directorate of Health Services has observed Global Iodine Deficiency Disease Prevention Day at the Jubilee hall of RIMS today. Speaking as the chief guest of the function, Health minister...

18. September 2014

Iodine deficiency survey kicks off in Punjab, Northern India

The authorities of Ludhiana district in Punjab are initiating a survey to measure iodine levels in 2,700 school children aged between 6 and 12 years from over 30 district areas. A school will be ...


India Iodine Survey Report 2018-2019 (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Nutrition International, ICCIDD, AIIMS (New Delhi) and Kantar, 2019. India Iodine Survey 2018-19 National Report, New Delhi, India.
India Iodine Survey Factsheet 2018-2019 (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Nutrition International
Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey 2016–2018 (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India, UNICEF and Population Council. 2019. Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey (CNNS) National Report. New Delhi.
Sustainable Elimination of Iodine Deficiency Disorders: An essential maternal and child health intervention (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Chandrakant S. Pandav, Kapil Yadav, Rakesh Kumar, and Late M.G. Karmarkar
The National Medical Journal of India 2014; 27(1)
Monitoring and estimation of iodine content of edible salt in urban areas of Meerut district, after four decades of Universal Salt Iodization (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Dilutpal Sharma, Amit Vasant Despande, Naved Ahmad, Akash Gupta, and Sana Nafees
IJBAR 2014, 05 (02); 93-95
Iodine Status and Prevalence of Goitre in School Going Children in Rural Area (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Sridhar P.V and Kamala C.S
Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research 2014, Vol-8(8): PC15-PC17
Towards universal salt iodisation in India: achievements, challenges and future actions (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Jee H. Rah, Ansari M. Anas, Arijit Chakrabarty, Rajan Sankar, Chandrakant S. Pandav and Victor M. Aguayo
Maternal and Child Nutrition 2013
Reaching the poor with adequately iodized salt through the Supplementary Nutrition Programme and Midday Meal Scheme in Madhya Pradesh, India (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Jee H Rah, Aashima Garg, Brij RG Naidu, Dwarka D Agrawal, Richa S Pandey & Victor M Aguayo
Bull World Health Organ 2013, 91:540–544
The Effect of Maternal Iodine Status on Infant Outcomes in an Iodine-Deficient Indian Population (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Kavitha C. Menon, Sheila A. Skeaff, Christine D. Thomson, Andrew R. Gray, Elaine L. Ferguson, Sanjay Zodpey, Abhay Saraf, Prabir Kumar Das, and Chandrakant S. Pandav
THYROID 2011, Volume 21, Number 12
Tracking Progress Toward Elimination of Iodine Deficiency Disorders in Jharkhand, India (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Binod Kumar Patro, Prasant Saboth, Sanjay Zodpey, Amit Shukla, Madhu Ganesh Karmarkar, Chandrakant Sambhaji Pandav
Indian Journal of Community Medicine 2008, Vol. 33, Issue 3
Seasonal and Spatial Variation in Magnesium and Chloride Concentration in Groundwater of Deltaic Regions of Kumabakonam, Nannilam and Karaikal, Tamil Nadu (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
E. Vetrimurugan and L. Elango
Indian J. Environmental Protection 2007, 27(11): 987-995


Food safety and standards (food product standards) and food additives (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
2011 India

Regional Coordinator

Renuka Jayatissa
Colombo, Sri Lanka

National Coordinator

Kapil Yadav
New Delhi, India