Iodine Global Network (IGN)

Papua New Guinea

COUNTRY POPULATION: 8,418,346 (2018)
MUIC* (µg/L): 170 (2005) National, WRA (15-49)
POPULATION IODINE INTAKE: Adequate
HHIS* (UNICEF 2017): -
* MUIC, median urinary iodine concentration
* HHIS, percentage of households consuming iodized salt (>0 ppm) among all tested households
SAC: school-age children / WRA: women of reproductive age / PW: pregnant women

NEWS

22. November 2019

Iodine status of non-pregnant women and availability of food vehicles for fortification with iodine in a remote community in Gulf province, Papua New Guinea

Research article by: Janny M. Goris, Victor J. Temple, Joan Sumbis, Nienke Zomerdijk, Karen Codling

NEWSLETTER ARTICLES

Papua New Guinea’s commitment to USI pays off (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
IDD Newsletter 2/2015
Severe consequences of iodine deficiency, including endemic cretinism, were identified in Papua New Guinea (PNG) as early as in the 1950s. The situation was so serious that ethical clearance was given for the first ever trials using iodized oil injections for the management of IDD to be conducted in the country in 1957.
Basil Hetzel reflects on his pioneering IDD studies in Papua New Guinea (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
IDD Newsletter 2/2015
In the recently published Global Iodine Scorecard, Papua New Guinea joined the growing number of countries that achieved optimal iodine nutrition at the national level.
Progress towards elimination of IDD in Papua New Guinea (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
IDD Newsletter 4/2006
The Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) made a commitment to work towards the elimination of iodine deficiency as a public health problem by the year 2000 by signing the relevant World Summit for Children declarations in 1990.

PUBLICATIONS

Physiotherapy in the treatment of endemic cretinism in the Western Highlands of New Guinea (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
E.S.G Kelly
Aust J Physiother 1974, XX(1): 45-48
Endemic Goitre in Eastern New Guinea: With Special Reference to the Use of Iodized Oil in Prophylaxis and Treatment (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Ian H. Buttfield & Basil S. Hetzel
Bull Wld Hlth Org 1967, 36: 243-262

Regional Coordinator

Karen Codling
Bangkok, Thailand
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National Coordinator

Victor Temple
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