Iodine Global Network (IGN)

28.02.2022   IDD Newsletter 1/2022

In this issue:
  • Anogla's final sprint to universal salt iodization
  • Germany's iodized salt program slips backwards
  • Iodine deficiency: a forgotten issue in the Andean countries?
  • Finding the strenght for salt iodization: Father Jean Michelet Dorescar, salt processor in Haiti
  • Albania achieves adequate iodine nutrition
  • Iodine Deficiency Disorders, Universal Sal Iodization - A Game-Changing Solution
  • Making salt iodization and salt reduction compatible in South Asia
  • Iodine deficiency in pregnant women in Cyprus

Announcements:
  • In Memoriam: Professor Geraldo Medeiros-Neto, champion of USI in Brazil
  • Japan donates 850 kg of potassium iodate to Madagascar
  • February is Iodine Month in Nepal

Articles

Anogla's final sprint to universal salt iodization

(Dr. Osvaldo Seraffin da Costa, Joan Abraao, Dr. Vincent Assey)
Because the national mUIC is now just sufficient in nonpregnant women, Angola is now classified as a country with optimal iodine nutrition. However, some subgroups are still at risk of iodine deficiency, including pregnant women. This requires immediately action.

Germany's iodized salt program slips backwards

(From: Remer T et al. The DONALD study as a longitudinal sensor of nutritional developments...)
Germany is a historically iodine-deficient region. Surveys done with spot urine collections, revealed an improvement in iodine supply in the period 2003–2006 but a decrease in 2014–2017. The authors express concern at a situation in Germany where 45-50% of school children are at risk of iodine deficiency.

Iodine deficiency: a forgotten issue in the Andean countries?

(Ana Maria Higa, IGN Regional Coordinator for South America, Lima, Peru)
A recent study points to inequities and the need to raise awareness on IDD and salt iodization in Andean countries

Finding the strenght for salt iodization: Father Jean Michelet Dorescar, salt processor in Haiti

(Dave O’Brien, Jessica Rigutto-Farebrother)

Albania achieves adequate iodine nutrition

(Agron Ylli, Jolanda Hyska, Gentiana Qirjako, Genc Burazeri, Ervin Toçi, Mariana Bukli)
A new law requiring the use of iodized salt by the food industry improves iodine nutrition in Albania

Iodine Deficiency Disorders, Universal Sal Iodization - A Game-Changing Solution

On December 22, 2021, the Iodine Global Network, together with the University of Lahore, Multisectoral Nutrition Centre (Planning & Development Board, Government of Punjab) and the Punjab Food Authority, which acts as a provincial public sector regulatory authority, held a workshop in Lahore on Universal Salt Iodization as a solution to IDD.

Making salt iodization and salt reduction compatible in South Asia

Sustainability of universal salt iodization in compatibility to salt reduction initiative in South Asia

Iodine deficiency in pregnant women in Cyprus

(From: Cannas A, et al. Iodine status of pregnant women from the Republic of Cyprus)