Rapid appraisal of recent progress towards sustainable elimination of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) in countries of the South-East Asia Region
AbstractDescription: Iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) pose a significant public health challenge in the South-East Asia (SEA) Region. In addition, they have an impact on social and economic development. Elimination of iodine deficiency and its devastating consequences is achievable. The Thirty-ninth World Health Assembly, in 1986, called for prevention and control of IDD. The Forty-third World Health Assembly, in 1990, adopted a resolution to eliminate iodine deficiency as a public health problem. Universal salt iodization (USI) was identified as the main intervention for achieving this goal. Concerned that iodine deficiency remains a major challenge in the Region. Fifty-seventh session of the Regional Committee, held in 2004, adopted a resolution to reaffirm the commitment for elimination of IDD in the Region. The rapid appraisal undertaken in 2005 assessed the progress made by Member countries of the SEA Region regarding IDD elimination programmes, identified key constraints and determined critical actions.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2007). Rapid appraisal of recent progress towards sustainable elimination of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) in countries of the South-East Asia Region. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205734