By Sandra Bisin
With a strategy spanning farm to salt shaker, community to government, Zanzibar is on track to eliminate the hidden, but devastating, problem of iodine deficiency.
PEMBA ISLAND, United Republic of Tanzania, 8 November 2013 – Mbarouk Hamad Yussaf, a salt farmer in Pemba Island, Zanzibar, sighs with relief. He has just received a year’s worth of potassium iodate and a manual sprayer. The equipment was distributed through Zanzibar’s Ministry of Health programme that aims for universal salt iodization on the island, with support from UNICEF.