I am the executive director of the iodine global network whose mission is to eliminate iodine deficiency throughout the world. Iodine deficiency is the most preventable causes of mental retardation and cognitive impairment which adversely impacts individual, population and social development. Our work is to promote and support the universal iodization of salt, recognized by the Copenhagen Consensus as one of the most cost-effective public health interventions to improve population health.
I also support the design and implementation of large-scale programs to improve nutrition in developing countries, through multi-sectoral approaches which address the underlying determinants of acute and chronic undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies.
Global, with a focus on Africa and Asia – the IGN operates in 173 countries.