Background: Iodine deficiency has been one of the most prevalent micronutrient deficiencies
in the world, causing many health disorders, particularly in pregnant women and children. Despite increased
salt iodization in some countries and regions, the process has lacked global coordination and
sustainability, two prerequisites for reaching the aim of eliminating iodine deficiency. This goal can be
reached only by evidence-based, effectively monitored joint and committed actions of all countries.
Objective: The aim of the article is to present the role of WHO in leading and coordinating public health
actions aiming elimination of iodine deficiency.
Results: WHO was given a mandate to coordinate such public health actions, including developing and
strengthening relevant public health legislation, issuing technically sound and evidence-based norms
and standards, and monitoring the health situation and trends.
Conclusion: WHO has coordinated and fostered collaboration between countries, international organizations,
scientific associations and non-governmental organization to reach the goal of eliminating iodine
deficiency. No recent patents are discussed for this WHO report.