2020 Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim International Lecture- The Iodine Global Network: A Model for International Nutrition Collaboration
The Iodine Global Network is motivated by the fundamental knowledge that women who enter pregnancy while being iodine sufficient will give their children a better chance to achieve their full development potential. As a network, we are guided by a common aspiration: a world where all children are born with the opportunity to thrive. Our mission is to achieve this by supporting National Universal Salt Iodization (USI) programs through better alignment of all program features. USI programs require the participation of a number of partners: the salt industry to source, process, and iodize raw salt; governments to mandate and monitor programs; civil society to encourage demand and compliance; and development partners to provide technical assistance and support programs on the ground. At a time when we are navigating complex and shifting global challenges, the need for collaboration is more critical than ever. The IGN holds a unique place in these efforts and serves as a model for the global public health nutrition community. Our role, and our greatest contribution, is to serve as a convener – facilitating consensus, securing a lasting commitment from stakeholders, and strengthening the efficiency of program implementation. Our role as a network serves to bring out the best in one another while eliminating redundancies and competition.
- Describe the importance of iodine deficiency and how universal salt iodization has helped to eliminate it
- Identify the role of different partners and stakeholders to contribute towards the achievement of optimal iodine nutrition
- Generate enthusiasm about the iodine agenda, and the impact of collective action to improve program effectiveness and efficiency
- 8.1.1 Interprets and applies evidence-based comparative standards for determining nutritional needs.
- 10.2.7 Prioritizes specific nutrition problem(s).
- 8.1.4 Demonstrates knowledge of nutrient requirements throughout the life span and their role in health promotion and disease management.
Judith Gilbride, PhD, RDN, FAND
New York University
Jonathan Gorstein, PhD
Iodine Global Network