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Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Year: 1996  |  Volume: 2  |  Issue: 2  |  Page No.: 236 - 242

Progress towards elimination of IDD in the Islamic Republic of Iran: a KAP survey of iodized salt consumption

Sheikholeslam R.    

Abstract: It has been recognized for a number of years that iodine deficiency disorders constitute a health problem in the Islamic Republic of Iran. A programme for the prevention of such disorders was established in 1989 and intensive efforts have been made to overcome obstacles hindering its implementation. This study investigates the difficulties encountered, common factors behind the prevalence of iodine deficiency, the progress made in combating it and the results of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the need to consume iodized salt. The final part of the study presents general conclusions and recommendations which may be of use to countries facing a similar problem in the field of health and nutrition.

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