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AN UPDATE FROM THE Field from the IODINE GLOBAL NETWORK
 
Women in Burundi are deficient in iodine, leaving newborns vulnerable to lifetime lower I.Q.s
Festo Kavishe and Vincent Assey
 
Based on the first survey in Burundi in over a decade, the salt iodization program is failing to impact women of reproductive age and protect newborns from mental impairment.
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Exploring how user-centered design supports nutrition through food fortification
 
Global Fortification Data Exchange (GFDx) holds workshops across the globe on data-informed nutrition.
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Capturing India’s attention with the #MissingI on World Iodine Day
 
How Tata Salt urged the nation to pay attention to iodine nutrition on Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders Prevention Day 2018.
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IGN advocates for iodine health in the UK
 
Following the recent news that the UK will add folic acid to flour to prevent birth defects, we sent this urgent letter to the UK government via The Guardian, urging them to add iodine to salt.
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ANNUAL REPORT
Our 2017 Annual Report is now published!
 
We are delighted to share highlights from our last year and our work with partners including UNICEF, WHO, GAIN, FFI, GFDx, and all of our generous donors who support a fortified future through iodized salt!
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TWEET OF THE MONTH
Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir removed the letter 'i' from his tweet to promote iodine health in India on global IDD Prevention Day!
"nd a w ll f ght West nd es n the f rst OD game today. W ll the v s tors spr ng a surpr se? We w ll f nd out soon. #MissingI"
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DON'T MISS THIS WEEK
GFDx at the 2018 Latin American Nutrition Congress
Visit the Global Fortification Data Exchange (GFDx) at the Latin American Nutrition Congress #SLAN2018 showroom next week to see a live demonstration of the #GFDx. IGN with our partners @GAINalliance @FFINetwork @MNForum are delighted to share this tool with the nutrition community in Latin America
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IN GLOBAL NEWS
The road to optimum nutrition through food fortification. By EU Salt. Euractiv. November 7, 2018.
 
Folic acid to be added to UK flour in effort to reduce birth defects. By Dennis Campbell. The Guardian. October 14, 2018.
 
Hidden Hunger affects nearly 2 billion worldwide – are solutions in plain sight? By Morten Weldenbo. The Conversation. October 12, 2018.
 
First European map on iodine deficiency. By CORDIS. Medical Xpress. October 11, 2018.
 
An Innovation Evolution: Why one of the world’s most cost-effective tools in the fight against malnutrition still needs innovation. By Senoe Torgerson and Dipika Matthias, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Sight and Life, vol. 32(1); August 13, 2018.
RECENT MEETINGS
“Iodine and health” at ATA meeting, October 4, 2018.
A clinical symposium on “Iodine and health” was held at the 88th Annual Meeting of the American Thyroid Association (ATA) in Washington, DC (USA). The symposium was chaired by Dr. Elizabeth Pearce (IGN Regional Coordinator for North America).
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IGN Symposium on “Achieving optimal iodine nutrition” at ETA meeting, September 15, 2018.
An IGN-sponsored iodine symposium took place on September 15, 2018 at the 41st Annual Meeting of the European Thyroid Association (ETA) in Newcastle, UK. The symposium was chaired by Prof. John Lazarus (IGN Regional Coordinator for Western & Central Europe).
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NEW PUBLICATIONS
Food Fortification in a Globalized World, 1st Edition.
Editors: M.G.Venkatesh Mannar and Richard Hurrell. Published: 20th June 2018
eBook ISBN: 9780128028971

Download chapters:
14: Salt (M.G. Venkatesh Mannar)
22: Efficacy and Safety of Iodine Fortification (Michael B. Zimmermann)
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Guidance on the monitoring of salt iodization programmes: Russian language version. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), New York, USA. Iodine Global Network, Ottawa, Canada.
 
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