Nutrition

Conference on Sustainable Elimination of Iodine Deficiency Disorders in Africa by the Year 2000

Harare, Zimbabwe, 22-24 April 1996

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World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 36
Publication date: 1998
Languages: English, French
WHO reference number: WHO/AFRO/NUT/98.1

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Overview

Iodine has considerable implications for economic and social development on the African continent where an estimated 181 million people are at risk of iodine deficiency. Given iodine's importance for ensuring and preserving health, particularly for foetal and child growth and brain development, the elimination of iodine deficiency disorders remains a major regional public health priority.

The Conference on the Sustainable Elimination of Iodine Deficiency Disorders in Africa by the Year 2000 (Harare, Zimbabwe, 22-24 April 1996) provided participants from 45 countries the opportunity to exchange their experiences in the control of iodine deficiency disorders; to update their knowledge in this area; to assess regional progress during the past ten years in the prevention and control of these disorders; and to formulate recommendations so that through concerted action by health workers, salt traders, legislators, politicians and educators, the elimination of iodine deficiency as a public health problem becomes a reality by the year 2000.

The report of the Conference summarizes the progress status of invited countries with regard to the control of iodine deficiency disorders and the results of group deliberations, especially on constraints that programmes for elimination of iodine deficiency must face. The Conference's recommendations are addressed to governments, communities and international cooperation agencies.