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Type Journal Article - Public Health Nutrition
Title Salt iodisation and public health campaigns to eradicate iodine deficiency disorders in Armenia
Volume 6
Issue 5
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2003
URL http://www.ceecis.org/iodine/03_country/arm/arm_rossi_03.pdf
Background: Iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) are endemic in the mountain regionsof Armenia. Universal salt iodisation has been chosen as the control measure.Objectives: (1) To measure the prevalence of iodine deficiency in the Armenian population; (2) to evaluate household use of iodised salt; and (3) to monitor iodised salt promotion strategies.Design: Cross-sectional study on a nationally representative sample of 2627households, including 3390 children under five and 2649 women of fertile age.Cluster sampling design on four population strata: residents, refugees, rural and urban.Results: Thyroid was palpable in one-third of the women, 6% of them having a visiblegoitre. Median of urinary iodine excretion in children was 139.5mgl21. One-third ofthe children showed low urinary iodine concentration. Iodised salt was consumed in66% of the households. The national IDD control programme included modernisation of the Yerevan Salt Factory, legislative regulation of the iodine content of the salt, and public information by the media.Conclusions: Armenia was still an endemic zone for goitre in 1997. The iodine status ofchildren under five in 1997 was not considered alarming even though 33% of them hadlow values of urinary iodine. After four years of intervention strategies, the use ofiodised salt has increased by 17%. Further efforts should be made to control salt imports and to monitor IDD indicators in vulnerable groups.

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