July 15, 2005: Salt sellers will now test quality of table salt.
At 9:00 a.m., on 15 July, 2005
Café Nasip (Osh Market from Toktogul Str.)
For the first time, 50 salt sellers from the Osh Market will have a training on how to test quality of table salt and why it is important for people’s health, mental and working capacity. In the course of the coming three weeks there will be seven one day sessions for total of 350 sellers.
The participants will discuss their role in protecting their families and all the community from iodine deficiency. Until recently iodine deficiency was known as goitre and thought to affect only a minority. Today we know the truth. It affects significant number of population and consequences are dramatic. It considerably reduces mental capacity and work potential. In pregnancy, it causes babies to be born dead, physically disabled, or with severe brain damage.
For Kyrgyzstan, iodine deficiency is the main cause for:
- More than 20,000 Kyrgyz babies born each year with intellectual impairment
- Lowered productivity of adult work-force that, together with other mineral deficiencies, makes a loss to Kyrgyzstan estimated at almost 1% of GDP – about 941 million soms.
Consumption of iodized salt is the most efficient way of prevention of iodine deficiency.
At the training, the sellers will receive testers to use it in their daily work.
Salt sellers are an important link in the way that salt makes from producers to consumers. However, they are not the only ones. With UNICEF’s support, State Sanitation and Epidemiological Surveillance Department and NGO “For People” will conduct similar trainings also for the personnel of customs who are responsible to make ensure that only iodized table salt can cross Kyrgyzstan’s borders.