Iodine Global Network

Iodine Global Network

The Iodine Global Network (IGN) is working to eliminate iodine deficiency worldwide.

What is the Iodine Global Network's mission?

IGN's mission is to "be the authoritative voice for iodine nutrition." Their mission states:

"We support and catalyze global and national iodine programs, working with key public, private, scientific and civic stakeholders. We focus on universal salt iodization as the most cost-effective and sustainable solution for prevention of iodine deficiency disorders."

What does the Iodine Global Network do?

  • IGN advocates for national and international iodine programs (particularly salt iodisation programs).
  • They provide programmatic guidance for global and national programs and strengthen coalitions by facilitating communication among programs.
  • They promote scientific research to increase the effectiveness of iodine programs.

Why do we recommend the Iodine Global Network?

  • According to GiveWell's research, there is strong evidence that salt iodisation improves cognitive development in children with mild to moderate iodine deficiency.
  • While the cost effectiveness of salt iodisation is uncertain, it seems to be comparable in cost effectiveness to GiveWell's other high-priority programs.
  • IGN is a GiveWell standout charity.
  • IGN received a $100,000 grant from Open Philanthropy in 2019. IGN told GiveWell in 2015 that its ideal annual budget is $829,000 per year.

To learn more about the Iodine Global Network, we recommend reading GiveWell's detailed 2014 review and 2015 update.

Fast Facts

  • IGN was formerly known as “The International Council for Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD).”
  • Iodine deficiency, particularly in utero, can lead to brain damage and mental impairment. It can also cause goitre.
  • According to IGN, iodine deficiency has “subtle but widespread adverse effects in a population.”
  • To prevent iodine deficiency in a community, iodine can be added to salt, oil, water, and other products. According to IGN, salt is the best vehicle for iodine supplementation, in part because most people consume salt daily.