In the next two weeks, approximately four hundred students between the ages 6 to 12 will participate in a survey to measure levels of iodine in children in Belize. The Ministries of Health and Education, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the Iodine Global Network have joined efforts to carry out the “Caribbean Region Urinary Iodine and Sodium Study 2018”. The children’s height, weight, and head circumference will be measured and bodily fluid samples will be taken for laboratory test analysis. Lead Investigator, Professor Michael B. Zimermann, of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, explained why the survey was commissioned and what should be done after the results are in.
Belize is one of the nine Caribbean countries participating in the project.