2021 Ukraine Iodine Survey Report

The study shows that pregnant women in Ukraine do not have enough iodine.


This study was conducted in difficult times for Ukraine. The original plans for the study were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, which led to the suspension of the study for 1.5 years and a change in the data collection methodology. When the data was finally collected, its analysis was suspended for 2 months (February-March 2022) due to the outbreak of Russia’s full-scale war in Ukraine. Due to the huge wave of migration, both internal and external, many women of reproductive age who make up the target group of the study have changed their place of residence, so the interpretation of the data by region may not be accurate.

Nevertheless, despite certain limitations, the results of this study are an important source of data for continuing to lobby for mandatory salt iodisation in Ukraine. Thіs survey provides an evidence base, with information about household use of iodised salt, population iodine status, and programmatically relevant factors; that can be used to advocate for an appropriate strategy and programme to achieve optimal iodine status among the population in Ukraine and provide a baseline for its implementation.

This publication has been prepared by UNICEF in cooperation with the Ukrainian institute for social research after Oleksandr Yaremenko and published with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The content and statements in this publication are the views of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the policies or the views of United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

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