ICCIDD Global Network

What is the ICCIDD Global Network?

The International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD) Global Network is a non-profit, non-government organization for the sustainable elimination of iodine deficiency worldwide.

News Articles

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12. March 2014

Uzbekistan to Ban Import of Non-Iodized Salt

Uzbekistan plans to ban imports of non-iodized salt by the end of the year in a drive to combat iodine deficiency among the Central Asian nation’s population.

12. March 2014

Less than a third of Yemeni families consume iodized salt

According to a report from the Ministry of Health and Population, from 1996 until the end of 2010, the percentage of Yemeni families who consume iodized salt did not exceed 30 percent, and the percentage...

06. February 2014

New WHO/ICCIDD Global Network report on aligning salt iodization and salt reduction programs

A new report from a 2012 meeting in Sydney, Australia of WHO, The George Institute and the ICCIDD Global Network demonstrates the potential to synergize both programs to ensure optimal implementation of...

17. January 2014

New European recommendations on iodine intake

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has proposed an adequate intake (AI) level of 70-130 µg for infants and children, 150 µg for adults and 200 µg for pregnant and lactating women. An AI is the...

16. January 2014

EFSA approves health claims for iodine in infancy

The European Food Safety Authority has now approved claims for the importance of iodine for infants (under-3 yr-olds) and thyroid and cognitive function. Links: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/...

16. January 2014

Overview of IDD in Africa

‘Iodine Nutrition in Africa: an Update for 2014’ written by Pieter Jooste, Maria Andersson and Vincent Assey, all ICCIDD Global Network members, has been published in the latest version of the Sight and...

07. January 2014

In Thailand, iodine-enriched eggs help control IDD

In a pilot project organized by the Thai National Health Security Office (NHSO), chicken farms in Udon Thani have been provided with enhanced feed that enriches eggs with iodine. The program provides an...

17. December 2013

Double fortified midday-meal salt in India

A formulation of salt fortified with iodine and iron may combat both anemia and iodine deficiency, but some scientists have doubts.

17. December 2013

Iodine for breastfeeding in Morocco

A new study reports that giving an iodized oil supplement to a lactating mother is more effective than administering it to the directly to her breastfeeding child.

17. December 2013

New efforts in salt iodization in Zanzibar

In Tanzania, UNICEF's recent initiative for salt iodization has been welcomed by many people in Zanzibar, saying it will help correct iodine deficiency in the islands. In Zanzibar only one in two families...

25. November 2013

Women in Australia not adequately informed about the need for iodine supplementation during pregnancy

Pregnant women in Australia are not being adequately informed about the need for iodine supplementation to prevent irreversible neurodevelopmental defects in children, Australian experts believe. A...

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 that iodine coverage has dropped to 46 percent from more than 90 percent in 2005, when a national...

18. November 2013

Observational study from Egypt links iodine deficiency to autism

The Department of Pediatrics of Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt reports that autistic children (and their mothers) have lower urinary iodine concentrations than control children and mothers. Because...

29. October 2013

Iodine intakes in Boston infants fed breast milk or formula are adequate

A study from Boston University suggests that infants fed only breast milk or only formula, or a combination of the two, have adequate iodine intakes. Angela Leung, MD, MSc, of Boston University, and...

29. October 2013

IDD Day in Pakistan: A pinch of iodine in time saves lives

In connection with Global IDD Day, observed every year on October 23 in Pakistan, the head of the National Nutrition Directorate, Dr Baseer Achakzai, said the absence of national legislation on salt...

29. October 2013

The Flour Fortification Initiative recommends strengthening iodine fortification efforts to boost child IQ

A growing body of evidence indicates that iodine plays a crucial role in the cognitive development of children. However, differences in requirements at various life stages present challenges when it comes...

23. September 2013

Myanmar bans import of seasoning powder without iodized salt

The Health Department has announced that seasoning powder that is not fortified with iodine will be banned from importation into Myanmar. At present, seasoning powder imported to Myanmar contains salt...

23. September 2013

New attention to iodized salt quality in Bangladesh salt mills

Dhaka. The government will take legal actions against the salt mills failing to maintain adequate iodine proportion in their salt production after August 31, said officials of Bangladesh Small and Cottage...

23. September 2013

New WHO publication on promoting healthy growth and preventing childhood stunting

As part of the work on implementing the project “Promoting healthy growth and preventing childhood stunting”, the World Health Organization has worked with various experts to prepare nine papers for a...

31. July 2013

Mild iodine deficiency increases thyroid disorders in pregnant women in Belgium

The prevalence of thyroid dysfunction in this national Belgian pregnancy cohort was surprisingly high, with 7.2% having elevated serum TSH values. This was likely due, at least in part, to mild iodine...