Salt Iodisation in Viet Nam: Learning from the Past and Building Back Better

Salt Iodisation in Viet Nam: Learning from the Past and Building Back Better
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Name:Salt Iodisation in Viet Nam: Learning from the Past and Building Back Better
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UNICEF Viet Nam supported documentation and analysis of the history, achievements and current status of the salt iodisation programme in Viet Nam in order to learn from the past. It is hoped that these lessons will help shape the future of salt iodisation in Viet Nam. This report was written by Karen Codling, public health nutrition consultant based on interviews with stakeholders of the salt iodisation programme in September 2012 and a review of a variety of documents, reports, evaluations, and surveys from the salt iodisation programme.

The author also drew upon several years of personal experience with the Viet Nam salt iodization programme, including a programme assessment and field visits. Dr. Nguyen Vinh Quang, Vice Director, Hospital of Endocrinology; Dr. Le Phong, Vice Director, Centre for Subnational Directing & Training, Hospital of Endocrinology; and Mr. Nguyen Huy Quang, Vice Director, Legislation Department, Ministry of Health provided assistance
in the writing of this review.

UNICEF Viet Nam Nutrition Specialists, Roger Mathisen and Nguyen Dinh Quang contributed significant inputs and insights, as did France B├ęgin, Regional Nutrition Advisor of the UNICEF Regional Office for East Asia and the Pacific and Do Hong Phuong, Nutrition Policy Specialist, UNICEF Viet Nam. The Ministry of Health, with the Hospital of Endocrinology, as the focal agency for the IDD programme, reviewed and endorsed the final report. Financial support for this report was provided by the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID)

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