Beginning in November 2019, IGN has hosted seven webinars on the “UNICEF Guidance on the Monitoring of Salt Iodization Programmes and Determination of Population Iodine Status
.” The purpose of the webinars was to increase the awareness and understanding of the content of the UNICEF Guidance, aimed at those who could further implement the guidance. These webinars were held and recorded in English
and had over 500 participants from dozens around the world.
The webinars highlighted importance achievements toward the elimination of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD), with 88% of global households using iodized salt . The number of countries that has reached optimal iodine nutrition increased from 76 in 2007 to 121 in 2018 . The material aimed to explain the recommendations from the Guidance and how they should be applied in programming. The webinars began with an overview of iodine nutrition programmes and status, followed by a discussion of six key recommendations:
There has been an encouraging amount of communication prior to and after the webinars with participants, with some sharing their programme experiences, struggles and asking questions both during and after the webinar, which resulted in follow-up discussions with IGN and UNICEF staff. The webinars showed the usefulness of connecting professionals from different countries. They demonstrated the enormous enthusiasm, interest and eagerness to share and learn. It showed that many programme managers work in isolation with limited ability to interact and lack of support. IGN wants to address this need and continue providing webinars on various topics and provide individuals the opportunity to share their work and stories, as well as to seek guidance and advice from peers.
Visit the IGN website to watch the webinars, review the guidance and the webinar presentation slides.
2. Global Scorecard of Iodine Nutrition, 2019