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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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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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