This report documents the work of the UNICEF-GAIN Partnership Project, to improve iodine nutrition through salt iodization. It highlights the success of the global effort to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) as a public health problem.

The introduction last month of double fortified salt (DFS)—containing an iron supplement in addition to the usual iodine—brings a new edge to the fight against malnutrition.

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government is keen on including iodised salt in the public distribution system (PDS) in order to ensure access by the lowest rung of the society and tackle the high prevalen

Proceedings of the ninety eighth session of the Indian Science Congess, Chennai, 2011 (Medical Sciences).

Iodine deficiency is endemic in West Bengal as evident from earlier studies. This community-based, cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted in North 24 Parganas district during August-November 2005 to assess the consumption of adequately-iodized salt and to ascertain the various factors that influence access to iodized salt.

Iodine deficiency diseases on the rise againIDDS, or Iodine Deficiency Disorders, have never been on the government list of priority health issues. Till now, that is. A recent cross-country study by the Directorate General of Health Services, Indian Council of Medical Research and state health directorates have thrown up alarming figures.

Pakistan is rated 6th amongst the countries, where iodine deficiency is a serious public health problem. Talking to Business Recorder, Dr Arif Azad, Executive Coordinator, The Network for Consumer Protection said that with significant advances in salt iodization campaign, Pakistan is lagging behind its South Asia.

Tanzania's iodine administration programme among rural communities in Tanzania has been a success, researchers report. Levels of iodine deficiency

The number of goitre patients in the greater Rangpur district (Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Rangpur, Gaibandha and Nilphamari) has been increasing day by day due to iodine deficiency, according to a survey conducted by a NGO recently. The bad effect of the paucity of iodine is that it hinders mental and physical growth.

To eliminate iodine deficiency, India needs to adopt an alternative approach and use a different set of agents to achieve universal salt iodisation.

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