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AN UPDATE FROM THE Field from the IODINE GLOBAL NETWORK
 
Revolutionising data to drive action on hidden hunger
Katherine Shaw
 
The Global Fortification Data Exchange (GFDx) maps global food fortification - a simple and effective intervention to help end hidden hunger. Now that the tool is in place, the focus has shifted to driving action.
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2018 IGN Annual Report
 
In 2018, closer than ever to eliminating iodine deficiency! And achieving our vision of a world where no child is born with the inability to learn due to lack of iodine nutrition. As we again share the report from our 34th year leading global collective action to reduce this burden, as ever we are grateful for your support.
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In the development of verbal IQ in utero, timing matters for healthy iodine nutrition
Elizabeth Pearce
 
In the first trimester, and at least 3 months before conception, pregnant women should consume 150 µg of iodine a day
In a recent study of 6,180 mother-and-child pairs, healthy levels of iodine were associated with higher child verbal IQs.
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A new partnership with Japan boosts iodine nutrition in Madagascar
Marie-Claude Désilets, Minoru Irie, Festo Kavishe, Isiye Ndombi
 
Through strategic partnership, we can protect newborns in Madagascar from preventable brain damage due to iodine deficiency.
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Here listen to the Leahaly band perform their song about iodized salt (in Malagasy).
 
GFDx Webinars on food fortification data
 
Explore new data visualizations on food fortification through a series of recorded webinars, now live on the Global Fortification Data Exchange, focusing on the regions of Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

Learn how to use the GFDx to explore topics such as food fortification legislation, monitoring, quality of fortified foods, and coverage of populations. See how to generate custom maps, charts, plots, and download data for offline analysis.
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QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"Fortifying foods with iron, zinc, iodine and Vitamin A is transformative.
Alas, the most boring word in the English language may be 'micronutrients.'"

- Nicholas Kristof, New York Times
HAPPENING ON TWITTER
Recent IGN Buzz
15 charities where you can see your direct impact By Zack Abrams. thestacker. August 13, 2019
 
From the Desk of Our Executive Director By Charlie Bresler. The Life You Can Save. August 2019
 
Timing matters for healthy iodine nutrition in the development of verbal IQ in babies during pregnancy. By Elizabeth Pearce. Clinical Thyroidology. July 2019
IODINE IN THE NEWS
The Government of Sudan and partners reaffirm commitment to salt iodization World Food Programme. September 3, 2019
 
FSSAI, through notification, prohibits sale of non-iodised common salt By Ashwani Maindola. FnBnews. July 16, 2019.
 
The World’s Malnourished Kids Don’t Need a $295 Burger. By Nicholas Kristof. New York Times. February 12, 2019.
 
It's World Hunger Day. Here’s why so many people still suffer from malnutrition. By Carmen Jacqueline Ho. The Washington Post. May 28, 2019.
IGN IN THE NEWS
Watch: Senegal 'Salt Queen' tastes success in a man's world. By Lindsey Johnstone. EuroNews. May 24, 2019.
RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS
Mild-to-Moderate Iodine Deficiency in Early Pregnancy Is Associated with Lower Verbal IQ in Children.  Elizabeth N. Pearce. May 8, 2019. Clinical Thyroidology, Vol. 31, No. 5.
 
Regulatory Monitoring of National Food Fortification Programs: A Policy Guidance Document.  By the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, Project Health Children, Iodine Global Network, Food Fortification Initiative, and TechnoServe.
 
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