The Gain Foundation’s “Brighter Futures” Red Carpet Charity Soiree was held at a Beverly Hills estate on June 7th, 2018. Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) presented awards to Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe recognizing their efforts to end hunger and malnourishment. GAIN is co-founded by Bill and Melinda Gates, has been a leader in global salt iodization programs since 2008.
Iodine deficiency is the leading preventable cause of intellectual and development disabilities in the planet. Iodine is a crucial micronutrient for mental and physical health, yet in many parts of the world, people do not have enough iodine in their normal diet. There is a simple, cost-effective solution: fortifying household salt with iodine. GAIN works with governments and producers to make this happen, helping millions of people lead healthier, smarter, and more productive lives.
GAIN and UNICEF have supported national programs reaching an additional 466 million people against iodine deficiency. This includes an estimated 18.2 million pregnant and lactating women and 113 million children aged 6 months to 15 years who are no longer at risk of its debilitating effects. There are now just 19 iodine deficient countries, down from 55 in 2003. GAIN emphasizes programming and outreach that prioritize underserved groups such as women, girls, and children.