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Iodine deficiency disorders

UNICEF issues major report on Iodine Deficiency highlighting principles for success
NEW YORK, 26 June 2008 – UNICEF today issued a major report on Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD), the single greatest cause of preventable...

Experts gather to discuss remaining pockets of iodine deficiency in China
BEIJING, 30 July 2007- Vice-Minister of Health Wang Longde opened a meeting today of national and international experts who gathered in Beijing to discuss global progress on iodine deficiency disorder (IDD).

Armenia beats iodine deficiency
YEREVAN, 17 November 2006 – 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.

Elimination of Iodine deficiency disorders
HANOI, 24 August 2006 – Viet Nam has achieved the international goal on elimination of iodine deficiency by 2005– the Ministry of Health announced today at the Ten Years Review Symposium of the National Programme on Iodine Deficiency Disorders Control in Hanoi.

Salt producers and health workers join forces to combat iodine deficiency disorder
CAIRO, 21 June 2006 – Preparations for a fresh campaign against iodine deficiency disorder (IDD), the single most important preventable cause of brain damage among children, have been boosted following the completion of a training workshop for staff from the Ministry of Health and Population, National Nutrition Institute and other concerned bodies including, for the first time, experts from the Egyptian salt industry.

Chernobyl Anniversary: UNICEF says iodine could have helped to spare many children from thyroid cancer
GENEVA, Wednesday 19 April, 2006: As the 20th anniversary of Chernobyl approaches, UNICEF says that the numbers of children who developed thyroid cancer could have been significantly lower if they had been consuming iodized salt in their daily diet at the time of the accident.

UNICEF urges plan to combat IDD among Egyptian children
CAIRO, September 28, 2005 -- Efforts to end the scourge of iodine deficiency disorder (IDD) among Egyptian children are the focus of a workshop in Cairo this week organized jointly by the Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP) and UNICEF Egypt.

New salt iodisation plant opens in Afghanistan
KABUL, 26 May 2005 – An eleventh salt iodisation plant in Afghanistan began production on Monday in the Bagrami district of Kabul, with the capacity to generate up to 40 metric tonnes of iodised salt per day for the capital’s population and surrounding provinces.

New campaign strives to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders in Afghanistan
KABUL, 17 April 2005 – With Afghanistan facing a high prevalence of iodine deficiency disorders, including mental retardation, physical stunting and goitre, a new campaign to be launched on Tuesday 19 April will encourage Afghan households to increase their consumption of iodised salt.

School children across Lao PDR help test salt for iodine
VENTIANE, 1 April 2005 – School children across the Lao PDR are helping the government this week with the push to wipe out iodine deficiency disorders by the target date of 2006. In all 142 districts of the country, children are bringing salt from home to school where it is being tested to determine if it meets national standards for iodization.

Law bans imports of non-iodized salt in Georgia
TBILISI, GEORGIA, 3 March, 2005. The Parliament of Georgia has made a major breakthrough in the fight against iodine deficiency, adopting new legislation to outlaw imports of non-iodized salt. The new law: “Prevention of Disorders Caused by Iodine, Micronutrients and Vitamins Deficiency” will come into force in six months.

From India: UNICEF distributes rehydration salts to treat diarrhoea
DELHI, 31 December 2004 – UNICEF is launching a fleet of mobile vans across three disaster-hit districts of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry this New Year’s weekend to help families in relief camps prevent and treat any outbreak of diarrhoea, especially among children.

Salt iodation plant to open in Northern Afghanistan
KABUL, 15 January 2004 – A simple but effective solution for preventing Iodine Deficiency Disorders—iodised salt—will now be more readily available in the Northern Region of Afghanistan with the inauguration next week of a salt iodation plant in Shebergan.

Iodine deficiency still leaves millions of children at risk of mental retardation
BEIJING, 15 October 2003  –  Despite major advances over the last 12 years, millions of children are still being born in households where iodized salt is not consumed, putting them at risk of developing the mental disabilities caused by Iodine Deficiency Disorder, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said today.

World Health Day, plight of Afghanistan's children cause for concern
KABUL, 6 April 2003 - On the occasion of World Health Day, which is celebrated on 7 April, the United Nations Children's Fund is drawing attention to the continuing health and nutritional problems faced by millions of children and women in Afghanistan.  (News Note)

A pinch of salt can go further In West Africa
DAKAR, 19 October 2004 – Some 30 per cent of West African children are still missing out on the enormous benefits of iodized household salt, UNICEF announced today at a meeting of West African leaders and health and industry officials.

HIV/AIDS menaces progress in Ukraine
KIEV/NEW YORK/GENEVA. 11 May 2004 – Ukraine is on the threshold of a full-scale HIV/AIDS epidemic, with an estimated quarter of a million people living with HIV/AIDS, UNICEF said today, as its Executive Director Carol Bellamy arrived in the country on an official visit.  In addition a large proportion of its population faces a range of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD).

Turkmenistan achieves Universal Salt Iodization
ASHGABAT, TURKMENISTAN, 1 November 2004 – UNICEF Regional Director Maria Calivis arrived in Turkmenistan today to congratulate the government on the country’s achievement of universal salt iodisation (USI).

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore to Visit Cambodia
PHNOM PENH, 16 October 2003 – Sir Roger Moore, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and popular actor, will visit Cambodia October 22-26 to promote the increased consumption and production of iodized salt to combat the threat of mental retardation and other disabilities caused by iodine deficiency.




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