According to WHO eliminating iodine deficiency would rank alongside some of the world’s biggest public health achievements like eradicating smallpox.
Help us at GAIN achieve this by donating to our salt iodization efforts through the Agora for Good portfolio.
GAIN is proud to have been recently selected as an inaugural member of the Agora for Good giving portfolio. Each year, individuals in the US alone donate more than 300 billion dollars. Agora helps those donors (of all sizes) make smart decisions to maximize the use of these invaluable funds.
Inclusion in this portfolio is highly competitive, and broadcasts GAIN’s ability to exemplify the highest quality, impact-driven nonprofit work that Agora donor members wish to see, understand and support.
Iodine deficiency is the world’s most prevalent, yet easily preventable, cause of brain damage. Iodine deficiency also causes goitre, a very visible life threating condition along with many invisible effects that are severe and life limiting. Iodine deficiency during pregnancy can result in stillbirth, spontaneous abortion, and congenital abnormalities such as cretinism.
GAIN’s support to national salt iodization programs have and continue to demonstrate immense impact in improving the lives of millions of people nationwide. Working in partnership across the globe in 15 countries, GAIN’s support to salt iodization has contributed to sustaining access to affordable iodized salt for nearly 2.7 billion individuals.
Greg S. Garrett, Director, Large-Scale Food Fortification at GAIN comments: “To eliminate IDD at the global level we need to target our support to countries and sub national regions where access to iodized salt and iodine intakes are low. Much more work needs to be done to reach our goal and to end IDD by 2020. We hope that the Agora for Good Living platform will help us reach new audiences and together we can make people healthier across our planet.”
Charlie Bresler,Executive Director of The Life You Can Save says, “It’s tragic that so much of the world still suffers from hunger and malnutrition, but each of us has the opportunity to help real people and families escape from these traps.”
Find out more about how you can get behind the campaign and donate by visiting our page on the Agora website. Read a blog post about salt iodization from Marc Van Ameringen and Werner Schultink from UNICEF here .