Iodine Global Network (IGN)


COUNTRY POPULATION: 96,491,146 (2018)
MUIC* (µg/L): 84 (2013-14) National, SAC (8-10)
HHIS* (UNICEF 2017): 60.9% (MICS 2010-11)
* 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


28. May 2018

Iodine deficiency comes back to Vietnam

Iodine deficiency, which can causes mental retardation, has come back to Vietnam, especially in mountain...

28. November 2017

Iodine-enriched bouillon slows returning deficiency in Vietnam

Uniben’s ‘3 Mien Bouillon’ comes almost a decade after the country successfully contained the issue....

17. February 2016

Vietnam mandates iodized salt

The Prime Minister has approved a decree – effective March 15th – mandating certain nutrients in...

05. February 2016

Vietnam issues decree on mandatory food fortification

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a decree to introduce iodine, iron, zinc and vitamin A as...

18. November 2013

Doctors warn of a comeback of iodine deficiency in Vietnam

Dr. Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoa from the National Hospital of Endocrinology in Hanoi said latest surveys show...


Iodizing salt: an investment for Vietnam’s economic development (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
IDD Newsletter 2/2014
Protecting the growth and development of today’s children is the key to fuelling tomorrow’s economic and social development. But recent reports indicate Vietnam’s next generation of young people may not achieve their full intellectual and productive potential, simply because the food they eat does not contain enough essential vitamins and minerals, including iodine.
IDD reappears in Vietnam as vigilance slips (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
IDD Newsletter 4/2012 Your LCD TV screen is made with it; your brain does not function well without it. Meet iodine, a multifunctional chemical element found in soil and seawater that when mixed with table salt, is the most effective way to thwart preventable brain damage.
Status of the National IDD Program in Vietnam in 2012: a ICCIDD/UNICEF/WHO report (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
IDD Newsletter 4/2012
A joint mission of ICCIDD, UNICEF and WHO visited Vietnam on 7-11 May, 2012 to evaluate the IDD control program. The following is the executive summary and recommendations from that report.
Elimination of IDD in Vietnam (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
IDD Newsletter 4/2006


Regulation of Food Fortification in Vietnam. (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Asia Counsel
Report prepared for Food Fortification Initiative and Iodine Global Network
23 September 2016
The Rise and Fall of Universal Salt Iodization in Vietnam: Lessons Learned for Designing Sustainable Food Fortification Programs With a Public Health Impact (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Karen Codling, Nguyen Vinh Quang, Le Phong, Do Hong Phuong, Nguyen Dinh Quang, France Begin, and Roger Mathisen
Food and Nutrition Bulletin 2015, Vol. 36(4) 441-454
Salt iodisation in Viet Nam:Learning from the Past and Building Back Better (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
UNICEF, October 2013
Iodising Salt and Fortifying Flour: The Best Investment for Viet Nam’s National Economic Development (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Iodine status in late pregnancy and psychosocial determinants of iodized salt use in rural northern Viet Nam (PDFAchtung Link öffnet sich in einem neuen Fenster)
Jane Fisher, Thach Tran, Beverley Biggs, Tuan Tran, Terry Dwyer, Gerard Casey, Dang Hai Tho & Basil Hetzel
Bull World Health Organ 2011;89:813–820

Regional Coordinator

Karen Codling
Bangkok, Thailand