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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

With this year's first edition of our Blog, as we reflect on 2017 and our accomplishments, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support, collaboration, and readership.

From all of us at the Iodine Global Network, we wish you a great start to 2018, and a happy and prosperous year.
Sincerely,
Jonathan Gorstein
IGN Executive Director
 
In North Korea, unique constraints and opportunities to improve iodine nutrition
Karen Codling
 
National stakeholders in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) devise a new strategy to eliminate IDD through the production of adequately iodized salt, with technical support from UNICEF and IGN.
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Why harmonization is critical for staying on track toward our 2020 goal
Jonathan Gorstein
 
At the start of 2018, we remain on track toward the goal of eliminating iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) in all countries by 2020. When it finally happens, it will be an outcome of the collective inputs of many partners. At the IGN, our core mandate is to harmonize and leverage their collective action.
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GFDx expansion receives a green light
 
A new grant will support the expansion of the Global Fortification Data Exchange (GFDx), an analysis and visualization tool that provides free access to data on food fortification.
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IDD NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHTS (4/2017)
Making Europe smarter with harmonized assessment of iodine status

A guidance document has been developed by the EUthyroid consortium as a practical tool for research professionals planning and conducting population studies, especially monitoring studies.
NUTRITION STORIES
UN: ‘We can build food systems that deliver better human nutrition.’

Report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. December 4, 2017.
 
First foods: Why improving young children's diets matters

France Bégin, Víctor M. Aguayo. Maternal and Child Nutrition, Volume 13, Issue S2, October 2017
RECENT EVENTS
IGN Annual Board Meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 11-12th December 2017
 
Workshop: Strengthening Partnerships for Sustainability, Cairo, Egypt, 20-21st December 2017
COMING YOUR WAY IN 2018...
We are looking forward to sharing our stories with you throughout 2018, including:

- Sudan's major new investments will provide over 20 million people with adequately iodized salt.

- Philippines: how to secure access to iodized salt in a country of more than 7000 islands?

- New program guidelines help to integrate the use of iodized salt in processed foods.

- How IGN works with partners to align salt iodization and salt reduction efforts.
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