Iodine in Somaliland


Iodine is a micronutrient necessary for proper child brain development and regulation of energy production in humans. Too little or too much iodine might create a range of diseases that affects health and wellbeing in serious ways. 


 In 2011 Nooleynta Narurada Mustaqbalka, an international Non-Governmental Organization, and University of Oslo launched  Iodine and fluid metabolism in Somali women in close collaboration with UNICEF Somalia,  FAO Somalia and University of Hargeisa. The study investigated dietary sources possibly causing the high iodine load and discovered that women in the city of Hargeisa were receiving 50-70% of their iodine through local groundwater. As part of the study, possible methodological flaws in the FSNAU survey was also assessed , looking at the possibility of female dehydration (which biases the measurement of iodine concentrations in urine by standard methodology) and difficulties of correct storage and transport of biological samples in the context of Somaliland.  A first report from the study was finalized and shared with the local government and United Nation bodies, but complete data-analysis and per-reviewed, open-access article publication had to be postponed.

Project aim

The current goal of the project is to finalize the in depth analysis and publish two articles from the findings on female hydration, proxy measures for iodine intake and total iodine load. The time frame for these activities is from July 2019 to July 2021.


  • Samarbeid med University of Hargeisa
  • UiO er forskningsansvarlig
  • UiO har behandlingsansvar for personopplysninger

Prosjektbeskrivelse med vedlegg


  • p904


  • Nei


REK - Ja 5 filer

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  • Anonymisering: juli 2026
  • Sletting: juli 2026

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Maria Romøren

Ansvarlig enhet

Institutt for helse og samfunn



  • Forskerprosjekt

Helsefaglig forskning

  • Ja


  • Ja


  • Start: juli 2019
  • Slutt: juli 2021
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