In 2006, a National Coalition for Sustained Iodine Intake (NCSII) was established53. The National Coalition comprises a wide array of stakeholders involved in iodine deficiency elimination activities in the country. These included Government of India agencies (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Salt Commissioners Office), State Government agencies (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at State level), national institutes/organizations National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW), National Cadet Corps (NCC), partner agencies (WHO, UNICEF, WFP, GAIN, MI, ICCIDD), health professionals groups Indian Public Health Association (IPHA), Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM), Indian Thyroid Society (ITS), Indian Society of Pediatric and Adolescent (ISPAE), salt manufacturers associations (ISMA), civil society/ consumer advocacy groups and media advocacy groups. The Coalition provides a platform bringing together all partner agencies, government agencies and departments. The Coalition has ensured greater coordination, synergy and experience sharing amongst different stakeholders engaged in IDD control activities in India. There is a need to further strengthen the National Coalition and to establish State level Coalitions on similar lines.
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