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UNICEF and Partners acknowledge the Elimination of Iodine Deficiency through Universal Salt Iodization in Bulgaria

H.E. Prof. Radoslav Gajdarski, Minister of Health; Mr. Octavian Bivol, UNICEF Representative; Ms. Emilia Tontcheva, Head of WHO Country Office, WHO Country Office in Bulgaria.
© UNICEF 2007/Bulgaria
H.E. Prof. Radoslav Gajdarski, Minister of Health; Mr. Octavian Bivol, UNICEF Representative; Ms. Emilia Tontcheva, Head of WHO Country Office, WHO Country Office in Bulgaria.

SOFIA, 26 September 2007 – Today, UNICEF Representative in Bulgaria, Mr. Octavian Bivol handed over an official letter to the Minister of Health Prof. Radoslav Gajdarski, recognizing the achievement of the elimination of iodine deficiency (ID) through universal salt iodization in the country.

The letter has been signed by UNICEF, Network for Sustained Elimination of Iodine Deficiency, International Council of the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders, and the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization. Representatives of health and medical institutions, branch organizations and other structures part of the implementation of the National programme for the elimination of ID, attended the ceremony.

© UNICEF 2007/Bulgaria
Representatives of health and medical institutions, branch organizations and other structures part of the implementation of the National programme for the elimination of ID, attended the ceremony.

The National Programme for the Elimination of Iodine Deficiency in Bulgaria started in 1994. The Ministry of Health adopted a National Plan of Action for the implementation of the programme. A system for monitoring was established at national level supported by all health experts in the country. The private sector companies have been involved and actively supported the implementation of the Plan of Action. UNICEF Bulgaria contributed to the implementation of National Programm throughout the years with special focus on iodine deficiency disorders prevention. The Programme has been realized with the financial support of USAID.  
    
At the end of 2005, an international expert team has been formed for external assessment of Bulgaria’s Universal Salt Iodization and Iodine Deficiency Disorders Elimination Programme. The evaluation concluded that Bulgaria has succeeded in the elimination of iodine deficiency.
 
UNICEF Bulgaria praises the Bulgarian government for achieving universal salt iodization and elimination of iodine deficiency disorders as a public health problem. This success contributes to the elaboration of policy for early childhood development in the country.

For more information please contact:

Tzvetelina Bonova, + 359-2-96-96-207, tbonova@unicef.org

 

 
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