Our Vision

Our vision is a world where all people attain optimal iodine nutrition and children can reach their full cognitive potential.

Our Mission

Our mission is to be the authoritative voice for iodine nutrition. We support and catalyze global and national iodine programs, working with key public, private, scientific and civic stakeholders. We focus on universal salt iodization as the most cost-effective and sustainable solution for prevention of iodine deficiency disorders.

About IDD

Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) is a disease caused by environmental iodine deficiency leading to reduced iodine intake. Globally 1.8 billion and 541.3 million people in South East Asia Region are at risk of IDD due to deficient iodine intake.IDD commences from intrauterine life extending to childhood and adult life. Pregnant and lactating women and children in first “Thousand Days” are especially vulnerable to debilitating effect of IDD.IDD causes irreversible brain damage leading to psychomotor impairment and learning disabilities.

The average Intelligence Quotient (IQ) points of children living in severely iodine deficient areas is almost 13.5 IQ points less than those of children living in iodine sufficient areas. Even mild iodine deficiency during pregnancy may cause psychomotor impairment. The spectrum of IDD include goiter, cretinism, hypothyroidism, brain damage, abortion, still birth, mental retardation, psychomotor defects and hearing and speech impairment. Consumption of adequately iodized salt by all for all times to come is the only solution for sustainable elimination of IDD.

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