Iodine Global Network (IGN)
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The Iodine Global Network aims to reduce iodine deficiency globally by advocating for national salt iodization programs, tracking progress on iodization, and providing global and country-specific guidance on related programmatic and scientific issues.
IGN's Activities Include:
- Advocating for universal salt iodization in specific countries, including meeting with government officials, educating policy-makers about programmatically-relevant iodine science, and creating and facilitating national stakeholder coalitions, which may include government agencies, aid agencies, other non-profit implementers, and salt producers.
- Monitoring progress in salt iodization and iodine status.
- Seeking targeted support from implementing agencies for specific countries when needed.
- Serving as a liaison between the scientific community and the global health community for iodine issues. For example, IGN helps the World Health Organization (WHO) maintain a database of iodine status for all countries, publishes a quarterly newsletter on universal salt iodization programs and related research findings, and summarizes scientific research on questions that are relevant to salt iodization programs.