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Global Iodine Price Increases Following Japan Earthquake, Tsunami Affect Access To Essential Micronutrient In Cambodia

New York Times: How a Tsunami in Japan Endangered Children in Cambodia
“The tsunami and nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, now threatens the developing brains of children in Cambodia — but not for reasons that were ever expected. Cambodia has long struggled with iodine deficiency. … Cambodia was making great progress against iodine deficiency until 2011, according to a report published in 2015 by the Iodine Global Network, a public-private partnership combating the deficiency. … Then in 2011, after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the global price of iodine tripled…” (McNeil, 5/15).

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