ICCIDD Global Network

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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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19. July 2014

Goiter is still common in the Philippines

In the Philippines, one of the most common diseases that affect the thyroid gland is goiter. “Goiter is prevalent in the Philippines,” says Dr. Gabriel Jasul, Jr., director of the Philippine Society of...

14. July 2014

Solar salt from small-scale producers to improve nutrition in Guinea

Small-scale farmers in Guinea are using a new method for extracting naturally-iodized salt without damaging the environment. The method uses the combined power of the sun and wind to crystallize brine on...

25. June 2014

Bahrain announces "zero iodine deficiency" status

Bahrain’s Health Minister Sadiq bin Abdul-Kareem Al-Shehabi expressed his delight at the Kingdom’s accomplishment of "zero iodine deficiency" status, thus becoming the first country in the eastern...

25. June 2014

Iodine deficiency: no thing of the past for Europeans

Some 30% of the world's population, or two billion people, are deficient in iodine. Although the most severe cases occur in developing countries, Europeans are affected too, with about half of continental...

25. June 2014

Why should U.S. pregnant moms take iodine supplements?

If you're either expecting a little one or have a new baby at home, you may want to reconsider trading table salt for alternatives like sea salt. A new policy statement from The American Academy of...

17. June 2014

Low-cost iodized salt launched in Tamil Nadu, India

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa launched three varieties of low-cost salt: double-fortified salt, low-sodium salt, and refined free flow iodized salt. 'Amma Salt', an initiative of the Tamil Nadu...

11. June 2014

Pakistan launches an awareness campaign on iodine deficiency

Universal iodisation of salt is the most inexpensive way of preventing iodine deficiency disorders. An awareness campaign on iodine deficiency disorders has been launched in Islamabad Capital Territory...

11. June 2014

'Salt March' reduces iodine deficiency among schoolchildren in Kashmir

As Kashmir moves from rock salt of Pakistan to iodized salt, there is a remarkable reduction in iodine deficiency among schoolchildren of the Valley. A recent study by the endocrinology department of the...

11. June 2014

Philippines reactivate a regional task force to manage the national salt iodization program

National Nutrition Council (NNC) has reactivated the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF) in an effort to manage and coordinate the National Salt Iodization Program (NSIP) in Central Luzon. “RBATF...

11. June 2014

Bangladesh will not import salt this year to ensure fair prices of domestic iodized salt

The government of Bangladesh will not allow any import of salt this year to ensure fair prices of salt produced by local farmers, said the Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu. “We are self sufficient...

28. May 2014

Improve your thyroid health during International Thyroid Awareness Week 2014

25–31 May 2014 is the sixth International Thyroid Awareness Week. The British Thyroid Foundation (BTF) is partnering with its international counterparts to raise awareness of thyroid disorders ...

27. May 2014

A new review by the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends iodine supplementation for U.S. pregnant and lactating women

Many women of reproductive age in the United States are marginally iodine deficient, perhaps because the salt in processed foods is not iodized.

07. May 2014

The level of iodine intake from iodized salt in China is safe

China will stick to a wide use of iodized salt, and the current level of iodine intake is safe, says Lei Zhenglong, from the National Health and Family Planning Commission in China.

22. April 2014

UAE-funded program in Afghanistan adds iodine to salt

A large-scale program in Afghanistan, funded by the UAE's Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation (KBZF) and implemented by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), is providing iodine to salt...

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...