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Announcement - Regional Forum on Salt Iodisation

 

MEDIA ADVISORY
Geneva, 23 February, 2011

New regional report to be launched in a forum to share key strategies and good practices
for governments, salt suppliers,  food manufacturing industries on iodine nutrition

WHAT:   A new 20 country study will be launched presenting compelling evidence on what has worked successfully with governments, salt traders and the food manufacturing industries to achieve optimum iodine nutrition. This forum is an opportunity for influential policy makers and institutional “thought leaders” to  share experiences, achievements and lessons learned in the region from salt iodization strategies during 2000-2009.

WHEN AND WHERE: 2-3 March, 2011, Best Western Hotel M, Bulevar oslobodjenja 56a, Belgrade 11 000, Serbia
WHO
The Ministry of Health, The Republic of Serbia
United Nations Children`s Fund - UNICEF
Global Alliance for improved nutrition

WHY 
This forum aims to present convincing evidence and arguments to political decision-makers in favor of the iodization of the salt supply for food industry, public catering and households. Serbia will highlight their experiences and commitment to maintain universal salt iodisation.  It is hoped that the evidence presented will convince Ukraine and Russia to enact regulations that mandates the use of iodized salt in the pertinent salt supply channels across Central Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:
The press is invited to cover the opening from 9.00 a.m.
The press conference will start at 9.45 a.m.
Ms. Svetlana Mijatovic, Assistant Minister, the Ministry of Health, the Republic of Serbia,
Mr. Anatoly Karpov, UNICEF Regional Goodwill Ambassador

For more information, please contact: 
- Ministry of Health, The Republic of Serbia, Ms. Tina Anicic, PR Manager  +381 11 64 881 2125 for  interviews with Dr. Svetlana Mijatovic, Assistant Minister for Health Inspection of the Ministry of Health, Serbia
- UNICEF, Ms. Lely Djuhari, Regional Communication Specialist MEDIACEECIS@UNICEF.ORG, +41792044482 for interviews with the UNICEF Regional Nutrition Advisor, Vilma Tyler
- GAIN, Rebecca Spohrer, GAIN Associate +4122 749 17 90 for interviews with GAIN Salt Iodization Manager, Lorenzo Locatelli-Rossi.

 

 
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