World's Salt and Iodine Deficiency Experts meet in Ottawa to Discuss Continuing Challenge in Reaching the World's Poor with Iodized Salt



    Progress hindered by world food crisis, natural disasters and lack of
    political commitment

    OTTAWA, June 20 /CNW Telbec/ - On June 23 and 24th the world's leading
experts in the battle against iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) will meet in
Ottawa to address the persistent challenges of reaching the goal of sustained
IDD elimination through universal salt iodization (USI).
    An estimated two billion people are at risk of iodine deficiency, the
world's leading cause of preventable brain damage. Consuming adequately
iodized salt is the most effective way to prevent IDD.
    The meeting of The Iodine Network is being hosted by the Micronutrient
Initiative and will gather experts in the areas of salt processing and
iodization from across the world.
    Among the issues the network will address:

    
    - Continuing challenge to reach the poorest exacerbated by world food
      crisis, natural disasters and lack of political commitment.
    - Success of Pakistan campaign as a model for other low household use
      rate in other countries - from 17% coverage two years ago to 65 to 75%
      coverage today, achieved during a particularly politically volatile
      time.
    - Presentation from Hiralal Parekh, President, Indian Salt Manufacturers
      Association, on the private-public partnership approach to achieving
      USI in India.
    




For further information:

For further information: or to schedule an interview: Aynsley Morris,
Communications Manager, Micronutrient Initiative, (613) 782 6831, Fax: (613)
782 6838, amorris@MICRONUTRIENT.ORG

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