Nutrition

Towards the Elimination of Iodine Deficiency by 2020

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), The Iodine Global Network (IGN), and the Effective Altruism (EA)

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Date: 23 May 2017
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Venue: Impact Hub, Rue Fendt 1, Geneva, Switzerland

Iodine deficiency is the world’s most prevalent, yet easily preventable, cause of brain damage. Iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), represent a serious threat to children’s mental health and often their very survival. Universal salt iodization – the practise of adding iodine to salt – is the most cost effective way to tackle iodine deficiency disorders.

Today we are on the verge of eliminating iodine deficiency – an achievement that will be hailed as a major public health triumph that ranks with getting rid of smallpox and poliomyelitis.

To celebrate success and explore future opportunities, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Iodine Global Network (IGN), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and Effective Altruism Geneva organize the event.

Speakers to include:

Prof. Michael Zimmerman, MD, Chair, Iodine Global Network (IGN)
Dr. Valeria Galetti, PhD, Human Nutrition, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich
Dr Francesco Branca, (TBC), Director of the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, World Health Organization (WHO)
Jonas Vollmer, Director of Communications, Effective Altruism Foundation
H.E. Amira Gornass, Chair, Committee on World Food Security
Hiddaq Osman, Founder and Chief Executive, Karama

Moderator

Greg S. Garrett, Director, Food Fortification, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

A reception will follow after the panel discussion.

RSVP by Monday, 22 May 2017 HERE or write to bmontesi@gainhealth.org