Iodine Global Network (IGN)

29.11.2019   IDD Newsletter 4/2019

In this issue:
  • Ideal iodine intake in women across India
  • Iodine deficiency in Swedish pregnant women
  • Consultation on ensuring sustainable optimal iodine intake in Eastern and Southern Africa region
  • Using iodized salt for cheese production
  • Panama: 5 program pillars ensure sustained salt iodization
  • Statement of the Asia-Oceania Thyroid Association on universal salt iodization
  • Italian children have adequate iodine intake
  • Strengthening regional and national efforts to achieve optimal iodine nutrition in the South Asia Region

Meetings & Announcements:
  • New webinars to provide Updated Guidance on monitoring of salt iodization
  • Iodized Tata Salt Launch in the UK


Ideal iodine intake in women across India

(Excerpted from: India Iodine Survey 2018-19 National Report. Nutrition International, ICCIDD, AIIMS )
Nutrition International (NI) along with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and the Association for the Indian Coalition for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD) commissioned a first-of-its kind of national level survey titled ‘India Iodine Survey 2018-19’ across all 29 states and 7 Union Territories (UTs) in India to estimate the household coverage of iodized salt and iodine status, and women of reproductive age (15-49 years) were considered as a proxy for the population.

Swedish pregnant women are iodine deficient

(Excerpted from: Manousou S, et al. Iodine deficiency in pregnant women in Sweden: a national cross-s)
Iodine deficiency was historically endemic in Sweden with reported goiter prevalence up to 60% in certain areas. Swedish authorities introduced voluntary iodine fortification of table salt in 1936.

Consultation on ensuring sustainable optimal iodine intake provides new momentum in the Eastern and Southern Africa region

The Consultation on Ensuring Sustainable Optimal Iodine Intake in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) was held in Mombasa, Kenya from 5-7 November 2019. The following declaration emerged from the meeting:

Iodized salt in cheese production: an important contributor to Swiss iodine intake

(Excerpted from: Haldimann M, et al. Increase of iodine content in brine-salted soft, semi-hard and h)
Milk and dairy products are generally good dietary sources of iodine; however, they are prone to variations in iodine concentration.

Panama: 5 program pillars ensure sustained salt iodization

(Ivette Sandino IGN Regional Coordinator for Central America & the Caribbean; Mabel Mas Former IGN Na)
The Republic of Panama lies on the narrow isthmus that links North and South America, bordering the Caribbean Sea, to the North, the Pacific Ocean, to the south, with Costa Rica and Colombia to the west and east, respectively. Panama’s landscape is dominated by mountains and highlands, and it is divided into 10 provinces and 5 indigenous regions.

Statement of the Asia-Oceania Thyroid Association (AOTA) on Universal Salt Iodization

(Prepared by Teofilo O.L. San Luis, Jr., MD, MPA, Philippines, Vice President, AOTA, and Wei Ping Ten)
The 2019 country scorecard put up by the Iodine Global Network shows the great majority of countries in the Asian land mass and in Oceania having adequate iodine nutrition in the general population based on school-age children.

Iodized salt coverage improves and Italian children are now iodine sufficient

(Prof. John Lazarus, Iodine Global Network Regional Coordinator for Western and Central Europe; Prof.)
The Italian General Direction of Food Safety and Nutrition at the Ministry of Health together with the panel of OSNAMI experts at the National Institute of Health decided to intensify nationwide informative campaigns on the use of iodized salt promoting the slogan “less salt but iodized,” in agreement with the nationwide strategy of reducing sodium intake in the population. These efforts appear to have significantly improved iodine intakes in Italy.

Strengthening Regional and National Efforts to Achieve Optimal Iodine Nutrition in the South Asia Region

(M R Maharjan (Advisor), Arnold Timmer (Sr. Advisor), and Dr. Chandrakant S. Pandav (South Asia Regio)
The countries in the South Asia region (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) have made remarkable progress towards the achievement of Universal Salt Iodization (USI) and elimination of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) as a public health problem.