Iodine Global Network (IGN)

30.11.2020   IDD Newsletter 4/2020

In this issue:
  • Sudan breaks through against IDD
  • India celebrates IDD Prevention Day
  • Low iodine intakes in Turkish pregnant women and their newborns
  • Christmas nativity scenes: shepherds with goiters!
  • New mandatory salt iodization in Malaysia
  • Iodine deficiency in Australian sheep and goats
  • Sustainable elimination of IDD in Eastern and Southern Africa
  • Poem: COVID-19 and IDD Programs
  • New metrics on salt iodization programs
  • Simple goiter: "seek and you shall find"

Articles

Sudan breaks through against IDD

(Dr. Izzeldin Hussein, Prof. Michael Zimmermann)
The 2018 national survey in Sudan reports women of reproductive age
are overall iodine sufficient, but with strong regional disparities.

India celebrates IDD Prevention Day

(Firstpost, October 21, 2020 https://www.firstpost.com/health)
World Iodine Deficiency Day, also known as Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) Prevention Day, is observed on 21 October every year to spread awareness about that essential micronutrient everyone needs for proper thyroid function, brain development and overall growth - iodine.

Low iodine intakes in Turkish pregnant women and their newborns

(Source: Vural et al. Iodine status of Turkish pregnant women and their offspring)
Small regional studies have suggested iodine deficiency in Turkish pregnant women.

Christmas nativity scenes: shepherds with goiters!

(Excerpted from: Nell Greenfieldboyce)
Shepherds in Christmas Nativity scenes that were painted, carved or sculpted hundreds of years ago in Italy sometimes have goiter, an enlargement of the thyroid gland caused by iodine deficiency.

New mandatory salt iodization in Malaysia

(https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/09/26/iodine-must-be-added-to-salt)
September 26, 2020: Salt sold in Malaysia must be fortified with iodine under a new ruling to tackle iodine deficiency among children.

Iodine deficiency in Australian sheep and goats

(https://www.miragenews.com/iodine-deficiency-in-sheep-and-goats/)
In an article in the Tablelands Telegraph (Queensland, Australia) in October 2020, Lucienne Downs, District Veterinarian, reported that District Vets had seen multiple cases of iodine deficiency causing goiter in kids and lambs this spring.

Sustainable elimination of IDD in Eastern and Southern Africa

(Dr. Festo P. Kavishe)
We are at the verge of celebrating the elimination of IDD as one of the greatest evidence-based public health successes of our time!

Poem: COVID-19 and IDD Programs

(Dr. Theo San Luis)
“COVID and its Onslaught on Progress”

New metrics on salt iodization programs

(https://fortificationdata.org)
The Global Fortification Data Exchange (GFDx) has launched new visualizations and features. You can now visualize the population coverage with iodized salt, salt iodization’s contribution to dietary iodine intakes, and iodine levels in iodized salt.

Simple goiter: "seek and you shall find"

(Gregory Gerasimov)
Goiter is a typical feature of iodine deficiency but can also occur in other thyroid disorders.

 

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