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Increasing Awareness and Use of Iodised Salt in a Marginalised Community Setting in North-West Pakistan.

Lowe N, Westaway E, Munir A, Tahir S, Dykes F, Lhussier M, McKeown M, Zimmerman M, Andersson M, Stinca S, Zaman M - Nutrients (2015)

Bottom Line: Iodised salt sales and urine iodine concentration (UIC) were monitored to assess the effectiveness of the intervention.This study highlighted the positive impact of education and awareness raising on iodised salt consumption in a hard to reach, marginalised community.However, issues regarding adequate iodisation by local producers and appropriate storage also need to be urgently addressed at a provincial level.

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Affiliation: International Institute of Nutritional Sciences and Applied Food Safety Studies, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE, UK. nmlowe@uclan.ac.uk.

ABSTRACT
Iodine deficiency is still prevalent in parts of Pakistan, despite the introduction of a national Iodine Deficiency Disorder Control Programme in 1994. The purpose of this study was to gain an understanding of the knowledge, attitudes and practice regarding the use of iodised salt in a brick kiln community, and to use this information to design an intervention to increase its consumption. A cross-sectional survey was used to assess the use of iodised salt and focus group discussions explored the attitudes and barriers to its use. Thematically analysed transcripts informed the design of a 4-month intervention. Iodised salt sales and urine iodine concentration (UIC) were monitored to assess the effectiveness of the intervention. At baseline, 2.6% of households reported use of iodised salt and barriers included its higher cost and belief about a negative impact on reproduction. During the intervention, sales of salt labelled as iodised increased by 45%, however this was not reflected in an increase in UIC. This study highlighted the positive impact of education and awareness raising on iodised salt consumption in a hard to reach, marginalised community. However, issues regarding adequate iodisation by local producers and appropriate storage also need to be urgently addressed at a provincial level.

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Mentions: The sources of information for females and males are shown in Figure 3. One hundred percent of respondents reported that iodized salt had been discussed in the Household since June 2013, with 70% reporting that they had also discussed iodine deficiency.


Increasing Awareness and Use of Iodised Salt in a Marginalised Community Setting in North-West Pakistan.

Lowe N, Westaway E, Munir A, Tahir S, Dykes F, Lhussier M, McKeown M, Zimmerman M, Andersson M, Stinca S, Zaman M - Nutrients (2015)

Sources of information regarding the health benefits of iodine.
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nutrients-07-05490-f003: Sources of information regarding the health benefits of iodine.
Mentions: The sources of information for females and males are shown in Figure 3. One hundred percent of respondents reported that iodized salt had been discussed in the Household since June 2013, with 70% reporting that they had also discussed iodine deficiency.

Bottom Line: Iodised salt sales and urine iodine concentration (UIC) were monitored to assess the effectiveness of the intervention.This study highlighted the positive impact of education and awareness raising on iodised salt consumption in a hard to reach, marginalised community.However, issues regarding adequate iodisation by local producers and appropriate storage also need to be urgently addressed at a provincial level.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: International Institute of Nutritional Sciences and Applied Food Safety Studies, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE, UK. nmlowe@uclan.ac.uk.

ABSTRACT
Iodine deficiency is still prevalent in parts of Pakistan, despite the introduction of a national Iodine Deficiency Disorder Control Programme in 1994. The purpose of this study was to gain an understanding of the knowledge, attitudes and practice regarding the use of iodised salt in a brick kiln community, and to use this information to design an intervention to increase its consumption. A cross-sectional survey was used to assess the use of iodised salt and focus group discussions explored the attitudes and barriers to its use. Thematically analysed transcripts informed the design of a 4-month intervention. Iodised salt sales and urine iodine concentration (UIC) were monitored to assess the effectiveness of the intervention. At baseline, 2.6% of households reported use of iodised salt and barriers included its higher cost and belief about a negative impact on reproduction. During the intervention, sales of salt labelled as iodised increased by 45%, however this was not reflected in an increase in UIC. This study highlighted the positive impact of education and awareness raising on iodised salt consumption in a hard to reach, marginalised community. However, issues regarding adequate iodisation by local producers and appropriate storage also need to be urgently addressed at a provincial level.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus