GAIN’s universal salt iodization program has been recommended by GiveWell as a project that offers donors an outstanding opportunity to accomplish good with their donations.
GiveWell is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding outstanding giving opportunities in the non-profit sector. Each year it identifies organizations focused on proven, cost-effective programs serving the global poor by conducting in depth research to determine its accomplishments such as how many lives are saved or improved per US dollar spent.
This year GiveWell is recommending eight organizations – four top charities and four standout organizations – the latter including GAIN’s universal salt iodization (USI) program.
Iodine is a mineral that is essential for healthy growth and development, especially for the developing brain. Iodine deficiency is the most common cause of preventable mental impairment worldwide. Worldwide, about 30% of the world’s population live in areas with iodine deficiency and its complications which can lead to stunting or children growing up with a lower IQ.
Iodization of all salt for human and animal consumption or universal salt iodization (USI) is the simplest, safest and most inexpensive intervention to ensure an adequate iodine intake. Iodized salt programs are now being implemented in many countries, but there is more work to be done. GAIN works with a range of partners to support national USI programs to become sustainable and effective in reaching those most in need.