Iodine deficiency is the world’s most prevalent, yet easily preventable, cause of brain damage. Iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), represent a serious threat to children’s mental health and often their very survival. Universal salt iodization – the practise of adding iodine to salt – is the most cost effective way to tackle iodine deficiency disorders.

Today we are on the verge of eliminating iodine deficiency – an achievement that will be hailed as a major public health triumph that ranks with getting rid of smallpox and poliomyelitis.

To celebrate success and explore future opportunities, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Iodine Global Network (IGN), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and Effective Altruism Geneva organize the event ‘Towards the Elimination of Iodine Deficiency by 2020’ on Tuesday, 23 May 2017 from 18:30 at Impact Hub, Geneva.

Speakers include:

  • Prof. Michael Zimmerman, MD, Chair, Iodine Global Network (IGN)
  • Ms Jessica Farebrother, MPharm MPH – doctoral candidate, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich.
  • Dr Francesco Branca, (TBC), Director of the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Jonas Vollmer, Director of Communications, Effective Altruism Foundation
  • Moderator: Greg S. Garrett, Director, Food Fortification, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

A reception will follow the panel discussion.

RSVP by Monday, 22 May 2016 here or write to

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Event Organizers

Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Date & Time

23 May 2017 | 18:30 to 20:00


Impact Hub Geneva


Entry Fee

Cost for Members: Free

Cost for Non Members: Free

Updated on 17 May 2017