Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) stem from a lack of iodine in the body. IDD is the world’s leading cause of developmental brain damage. IDD is most easily eliminated with low-cost iodine supplementation in-utero and in early childhood development. IDD is easily and inexpensively preventable by fortifying foods, like salt, with Potassium Iodate (KIO3). A 2019 Ministry of Health and UNICEF survey shows that more than 70% of Haitian children and women of childbearing age are iodine deficient.
Haiti is the only country in the western hemisphere without implementation of iodine standards.
Luckily, the cost of fortifying salt with Iodine, as is being done at Bon Sel Dayiti, is extremely inexpensive. Providing expecting mothers and young children with a clean reliable source of iodized salt can raise a child’s intelligence quotient (IQ) by more than 15 points.
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