By Samoeurn Un and Arnaud Laillou
|Salt producers in Kampot Province. Local salt producers are facing a challenging environment.|
© UNICEF Cambodia/2015/Arnaud Laillou
Iodine is an essential component of a proper daily diet, contributing to healthy thyroid function. Iodine deficiency is the leading preventable cause of intellectual and development disabilities. In many countries, iodine is efficiently delivered into food via table salt. But in Cambodia, as recently as 10 years ago only one in four households were using iodized salt, missing out on this vital mineral.
Intensive UNICEF work since then toward universal salt iodization, coupled with government initiatives, has brought about dramatic improvements, but recent information demonstrates the need to renew efforts on this important issue.