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Janny Goris

Senior Public Health Nutritionist

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30 Nov 2017, 10:50

I have conducted a cross sectional study in highlands of PNG and identified that mild to severe status of iodine nutrition was prevalent in 96% of the children aged 6-12y, indicating that iodine deficiency should be considered as a significant public health problem in this community. The KAP questionnaire showed that women, market stallholders and stakeholders have no knowledeg of iodine and importance of use of iodised salt. It is a very low literacy community, living mainly of subsistence farming.

Can you please help me with suggestions for suitable nutrition education materials for an awareness raising campaign to advocate for adequate regular intake of iodised salt? Note: there is no electricity, no radio, no TV. Thank you.

Sammy Anyembe

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30 Nov 2017, 14:59

You can first get in touch with the authority in charge and then find people who can connect you to community health workers who know best how to deliver health related messages to the community. This is because every location has unique characteristics and people have different priorities. In such a setting, face to face interaction would be appropriate hence word of mouth accompanied by pictures and demonstrations would work.

ngakani nyongolo delvaux

nutritionniste. msf Hollande

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30 Nov 2017, 15:14

Here is my suggestion: work with the Ministry of Health to implement strategies for cooking salt enrichment from the available choice of manufactured salt
study the environment to know the soil of the region which is poor in iodine
find out the places that have more people sick with goitre and more children who are born with neurological problems.

All these elements will help you assist the population to understand the problem.

Tamsin Walters

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12 Dec 2017, 22:34

From Bradley Woodruff:

Dear Janny Goris:

Thank you for sharing this interesting finding. However, before pursuing potentially expensive program remedies, I would suggest some additional thought about the indicators used to formulate this very high estimate of the prevalence of iodine deficiency.

The two most commonly used indicators of iodine status are the presence and size of goiter and urinary iodine concentration (UIC). Goiter is an imprecise indicator and takes years to resolve after iodine sufficiency is achieved. This is why UIC has largely supplanted it; however, because of its wide fluctuations, a UIC from a single urine specimen cannot be used to determine the iodine status of an individual. Therefore, it cannot be used to calculate the prevalence of iodine deficiency. Unfortunately, it is a very common mistake to calculate the proportion of individuals with UIC values which fall below some cut-off. Even the WHO micronutrient database did this in the past, although I have been assured that this would be discontinued. This means that it is not possible to estimate the prevalence of iodine deficiency without using extraordinary methods, such as 24-hour urine collection, which are not normally employed in cross-sectional surveys.

We should instead follow the WHO recommendations which say to calculate the median UIC and compare that to some cut-off to determine the overall population iodine status. For non-pregnant women of child-bearing age and school-age children, this cut-off is 100 ug/L. This means that a population with a median UIC of 101 ug/L would be labeled as iodine SUFFICIENT even though almost 1/2 of the population would have a UIC less than 100 ug/L. This is why the cut-off of 100 ug/L should NEVER be used to determine a prevalence of iodine deficiency; it will automatically produce a huge overestimate if used this way.

In our survey in Papua New Guinea in 2006, we found a median UIC in women of child-bearing age in the Highlands region of 130 ug/L, thus defining women in this region as iodine sufficient. This is not to deny that the UIC in school-age children is worse nor to deny that there are foci of iodine deficiency within this region. Moreover, in the Highlands region, the median salt iodine concentration was 54.7 ppm, and only 0.5% of household salt specimens tested had iodine concentrations lower than 15 ppm. I understand that these results are quite old, but I am not familiar with anything more recent. Nonetheless, our survey does produce some evidence that iodine deficiency may not a widespread, severe problem everywhere in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, so you may wish to give your results a critical second look.

Kemal J Tunne


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22 Dec 2017, 19:50

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