The Ministry of Public Health in collaboration with AUB, UNICEF and the Iodine Global Network (IGN) launched an initiative on the 25th of October to address iodine deficiency in Lebanon, a widespread issue in the country.
Dr. Omar Obeid, professor of nutrition at FAFS and the IGN national coordinator for Lebanon inaugurated the program “Supply of Iodine and Monitoring of Salt Iodization in Lebanon”.
The project brings international partners together to help increase iodine levels in domestically produced salt to meet recommended quantities. Based on a survey conducted by AUB, iodine deficiency have significant health impacts and contribute to brain damage and learning disabilities in children.
IGN and AUB will provide technical assistance to the local salt producers as well as monitor the iodine levels in the salt on a monthly basis.
A press release was published in major local media channels. Check below links for more information: