Yakkers’ Corner Talks with Mr. David P. Haxton, Former Executive at UNICEF, Currently Executive Director at the International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD) Part 1
David P. Haxton retired from UNICEF as Regional Director in South Asia where he served for eight years covering Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives in addition to India. He served also in Indonesia and for 15 years in South America (Peru, Colombia, Brazil).
He is now Executive Director of ICCIDD (International Council for Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders) and travels extensively to work with national governments and private sector parties on the achievement of Universal Salt Iodization and the virtual elimination of IDD, the major cause of preventable mental retardation.
He is a widower with six married children and fifteen grandchildren.
He can be reached at www.iccidd.org
For those who would like to support the control of iodine deficiency disorder you can send donations to the following address:
P.O. Box 51030
375 des Epinettes,
Ottawa, Ontario K1E 3E0
ICCIDD is a Charitable organization under Canadian law. Donations may be subject to tax deductions and / or credits pursuant to laws and regulations of the individual or corporation making the donation.
Historical milestones for ICCIDD
ICCIDD’s advocacy has led to the achievement of several milestone changes in international policies over the last two decades. These are outlined below in chronological order:
1985: ICCIDD was founded as a non-governmental scientific and technical support organization with support from UNICEF Regional Offices in Delhi and AUSAID. It was formally inaugurated in Kathmandu a year later and a constitution was accepted.
1987: The United Nations Sub-Committee on Nutrition establishes an IDD Working Group to receive an Annual Report of Progress.
1990: The 43rd World Health Assembly recognizes IDD Elimination as a priority and USI as the recommended strategy to achieve it nationally. The UN World Summit for Children, attended by 71 Heads of State and senior officials of an additional 15 Member States, adopts a plan action that includes the virtual elimination of IDD by the year 2000.
1991: Ending Hidden Hunger (A policy conference on Micronutrient Malnutrition) Montreal, Canada.
1993: The National Advocacy Meeting in China stimulated by ICCIDD and others launched the largest USI and IDD Elimination effort in the world with an Advocacy Event by the Prime Minister in the Great Hall of the People.
2000: Salt2000 the major gathering of industrialists in the salt trade endorses USI and IDD Elimination. At a Round Table during the Meeting, leaders of all major agencies agreed to form a Global Network for Sustained Iodine Nutrition: ICCIDD, WHO, UNICEF, Salt Institute, EuroSalt, Kiwanis International, Micronutrients Initiative, Emory University, USCDC.
2002: UNGASS: United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children. ICCIDD attends and helps to draft strongly endorsed commitment of Member States on USI as a strategy to eliminate IDD and endorses the goal of
the Global Summit.
2005: ICCIDD attends and works with Delegations at The World Health Assembly which adopts Resolution 58.24 in May to require all Member States to report every three years on iodine nutrition status, the first ever.
2007: As an NGO in Consultative Status with the UN, ICCIDD leads the effort of the Global Network in a Special Event at UNGASS II called to review progress on children; 20 Member States attend at senior levels.
2008: Iodization of salt to eliminate IDD is seen by the Copenhagen Consensus as one of the most economical efforts in international development.
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