September 2008, Kyrgyzstan approaches universal salt iodization
In September 2008, representatives of the Ministry of Health, Bishkek Endocrinological Dispensary, the State Committee for Consumer Rights Protection and commercial table salt manufacturers presented a national plan for universal salt iodization and prevention of iodine deficiency disorders for the period 2008-2012.
Iodizing table salt is a highly cost-effective means of minimizing iodine deficiency disorders. This initiative is therefore regarded as a national preventive healthcare priority. With Kyrgyzstan expected to achieve universal salt iodization in 2009, the draft plan also addresses issues related to sustaining universal salt iodization and improving the Republic’s iodine deficiency monitoring capacity.
An important UNICEF contribution in this area is its provision of new urine iodine measuring equipment, currently used mainly to measure urine iodine levels in children and pregnant women, for the laboratory at Bishkek Endocrinological Dispensary. UNICEF also provided training in the use of the new hardware and in total laboratory quality assurance and quality control.