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Nutrition Policy Discussion Paper No 03 - The Prevention and Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders

UN Standing Committee on Nutrition

Published in : 1988

Available in : English

This paper is the third in the ACC/SCN's State-of-the-Art series. Like the two previous papers, on nutrition education and control of vitamin A deficiency, it provides information to assist decisions on policies and programmes to prevent widespread nutritional problems. Iodine deficiency is one of these, affecting some 200 million people. Yet science and technology have provided most of the answers needed for effective programmes, especially for dealing with severe deficiency. The control methods are safe, low-cost, rely on locally available human and material resources, and are readily replicable. This document describes the problem and its prevention in terms that should help establish and expand control programmes.


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Themes: Interventions, general, Micronutrients, general, Nutrition and health/disease, general, Nutrition assessments and M&E, general, Nutrition planning, policy and programme, general, Biochemical, Fortification, Fortification, Iodine / IDD, Micronutrient deficiencies, Micronutrient deficiencies, Micronutrient Supplementation, Micronutrient Supplementation, Micronutrient Supplementation, Monitoring and evaluation, Monitoring and evaluation, Programmes, Treatment of severe acute malnutrition, Treatment of severe acute malnutrition, Triple-A (Assessment, Analysis, Action)


Life-cycle focus: Pregnancy, Fetal development, Infancy, Pre-school age, School age, Adolescence, Adulthood, Intergenerational focus


Resource types: Normative guidance: Norms, standards, policies, Peer reviewed journals or papers, Reports, Scientific/background documents


Locations: Africa, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Europe, Finland, India, Indonesia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Oceania


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