Armenia beats Iodine Deficiency
YEREVAN, 17 November – A coalition of four organizations working together to address iodine deficiency disorders throughout the world, has recognized the elimination of iodine deficiency in Armenia through universal salt iodization.
In a ceremony held today to mark this achievement, the UNICEF Representative in Armenia, Sheldon Yett, presented a plaque to the Ministry of Health of Armenia, which recognizes the Government of Armenia’s success in its long standing campaign to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders as a public health problem. The plaque was presented on behalf of the Network for Sustained Elimination of Iodine Deficiency, the International Council for Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders, UNICEF and the World Health Organization.
"Elimination of iodine deficiency in Armenia is a remarkable achievement and represents a significant contribution to the protection and improvement of health and well-being of children in this country," the UNICEF Representative in Armenia emphasized. He added that "some 20 million children in developing countries are affected by iodine deficiency each year and every single case can be prevented with the use of iodized salt."
"Ministry of Health attaches great importance to the issue of iodine deficiency in Armenia and is taking steps to ensure the sustainability of the Universal Salt Iodization in Armenia," Minister of Health Norayr Davidyan said.
"The achievement of universal salt iodization means that 40,000 children born in Armenia each year are now being protected from the consequences of iodine deficiency," the UNICEF Representative said. As the survey noted, strengthened monitoring and regulatory systems are now required to sustain this achievement," the Representative added.
For more information, please, contact:
Emil Sahakyan, Communications Officer, UNICEF Armenia
Tel.: (374 10) 52 35 46, 56 64 97