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Ethiopia Struggling to Control Iodine Deficiency Disorder

80% of Ethiopians are still suffering from an easily preventable deficiency of iodine syndrome, an essential nutrient that is readily available in neighboring Eritrea 

War with Eritrea permanently disrupted supply of Eritrean iodized salt and now over 80% of Ethiopian households use noniodized salt from Djibouti
War with Eritrea permanently disrupted supply of Eritrean iodized salt and now over 80% of Ethiopian households use noniodized salt from Djibouti

By Alpha K.,

It is estimated that almost half of Ethiopia’s 80 million population faces Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD), raising alarm in the Horn of Africa nation.

Of the 35 million people at risk, 40 percent are believed to have contracted goiter, a swelling of the thyroid gland in the neck.

The campaign, headed by Ethiopia’s Heath Minister, Kesete-Birhane Admasu, comes as strives to eliminate complications resulting from iodine deficiency.

Although Yehulu-Deneke Alemneh, general director of Ethiopia’s Food, Medicine and Healthcare Administration and Control Authority says the “attitude of salt producers and distributors has changed well“, iodised salt coverage has reached only 28 percent of the population.  Continue reading Ethiopia Struggling to Control Iodine Deficiency Disorder