Central America and Caribbean
A focus on improved data
A secondary data analysis of household consumption and expenditure surveys in Guatemala and Panama showed that household salt remains the major source of sodium availability in the diet, highlighting the importance of salt iodization for IDD prevention.
In the region, IGN focuses on updating data and research, improving competencies and human resources, and communications and advocacy. A regional review of the status of salt iodization program in collaboration with INCAP, analyzes regulations and standards, and studies variation of iodine levels in salt processing. IGN also works with the salt sector to provide quality control guidance to the Ministry of Health and continue its fortification advocacy efforts with CONAFOR and the Regional Commission of Micronutrients and Fortified Foods.