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AN UPDATE FROM THE Field from the IODINE GLOBAL NETWORK
 
NEPAL – REVIEWING THE SALT IODIZATION
STANDARD
 
Located in the Himalayan Mountain range, where iodine deficiency has long been endemic, Nepal was one of the first countries in the South Asia to recognize the magnitude of the problem and develop a comprehensive program to prevent iodine deficiency disorders. This program has evolved over the past 45 years and is now seen as one of the most successful in the world, providing a model of how to use data to refine the program design to achieve and sustain optimal iodine nutrition.
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MOMBASA DECLARATION
 
In November 2019, UNICEF, in partnership with IGN, NI, WHO and GAIN and with the support of the Kenyan Government, jointly supported a regional consultation on the sustainable prevention and control of iodine deficiency disorders in Eastern and Southern Africa.
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MEET YOUR IGN REGIONAL COORDINATOR
 
In this blog edition we get to know Dr. Festo Kavishe, Regional Coordinator for Eastern & Southern Africa.
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ARTISANAL SALT: A THREAT AGAINST SALT IODIZATION IN MEXICO
 
Mexico has a long history in combating iodine deficiency in its population, dating back to the 1940s. Read about how a new trend could change the landscape.
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QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“To make a difference in someone’s life you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful or perfect – you just have to care”

– Dr. Chandrakant Pandav
HAPPENING ON SOCIAL
RECENT IGN BUZZ
Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor warns vegans and vegetarians about iodine deficiency. The National, August 2019
 
IGN named by Stacker as one of 15 charities "where you can see your direct impact". Stacker, November 2019
 
Could hidden hunger be conquered with a particle the size of a grain of salt? NPR, November 2019
Iodine and IGN in the News
Revolutionizing data to drive action on Hidden Hunger Global Nutrition Report, June 2019
 
Harnessing the power of fortified rice for a stronger, healthier India PATH, Oct. 2019
 
Nearly 20 years of iodine supplementation in Denmark shows decreased thyrotoxicosis without concern of inducing hypothyroidism.  Thyretain, Oct. 2019
RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS
76.3% of Indian households consume adequately iodised salt Times of India, Sept. 2019
 
Caribbean children have ample iodine intake IDD Newsletter, August 2019
 
Maternal and infant thyroid function: Iodine supplementation of women and assessment of infant visual information processing PLOS, October 2019
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