From its inception in May, 2014, Kureen has always been keen to promote charities that we feel have the correct motives for assisting people in need rather than siphoning the majority of donations for their own gain.
Gain is an appropriate word though, with today’s featured charity being the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, also known by the acronym GAIN.
GAIN works with governments and producers to fortify salt with iodine in countries plagued by iodine deficiency. By fortifying staple foods and condiments with iodine – an essential micro-nutrient for optimal intellectual and physical health – GAIN helps to reduce incidence of iodine deficiency disorders and make millions of people healthier, smarter, and more productive.
Food fortification is one of the least expensive and most effective nutrition interventions to tackle malnutrition, often called the “hidden hunger”, on a global scale.
GAIN supports salt iodisation programs in 17 countries across Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. Current countries supported by the charity’s universal salt iodisation (USI) program include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, and Tajikistan.
These countries have high incidences of iodine with more than 500 million people at risk–including more than 19 million newborn infants every year.
GAIN’s mission is to create a world free of malnutrition. The organisation works to build partnerships between governments, the private sector, and local communities to design and implement effective and sustainable salt fortification programs.
GAIN works with governments and salt producers to establish and sustain supplies of potassium iodate, improve iodisation quality, effectively implement salt quality laws and put monitoring systems in place.
To find out more about GAIN visit their website, where you’ll be able to see some of the fantastic work they’re doing around the globe.