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The Role of the World Health Organization in Eliminating Iodine Deficiency Worldwide

[ Vol. 10 , Issue. 2 ]


Paulina Karwowska* and Joao Breda   Pages 138 - 142 ( 5 )


Background: Iodine deficiency has been one of the most prevalent micronutrient deficiencies in the world, causing many health disorders, particularly in pregnant women and children. Despite increased salt iodization in some countries and regions, the process has lacked global coordination and sustainability, two prerequisites for reaching the aim of eliminating iodine deficiency. This goal can be reached only by evidence-based, effectively monitored joint and committed actions of all countries.

Objective: The aim of the article is to present the role of WHO in leading and coordinating public health actions aiming elimination of iodine deficiency.

Results: WHO was given a mandate to coordinate such public health actions, including developing and strengthening relevant public health legislation, issuing technically sound and evidence-based norms and standards, and monitoring the health situation and trends.

Conclusion: WHO has coordinated and fostered collaboration between countries, international organizations, scientific associations and non-governmental organization to reach the goal of eliminating iodine deficiency. No recent patents are discussed for this WHO report.


Deficiency diseases, global health, iodine, iodized salt, partnership, WHO.


WHO Country Office Poland, Al. Jerozolimskie 155, 02-326 Warsaw, WHO Regional Office for Europe, UN City, Marmorvej 51, DK - 2100 Copenhagen

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