January 22, 2011 -January 31, 2011
The Department of Health together with partner agencies and some medical societies involved in thyroid diseases worked for the issuance of Presidential Proclamation 1188 on December 11, 2006 declaring every 4th week of January as Goiter Awareness Week.
Goiter and other manifestations of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) are a matter of national concern which cannot be left to one governmental agency or one professional organization to take care of.
A coordinated approach from as many stakeholders as there are is needed if IDD can ever be eliminated. A widespread information and educational effort is felt needed to dramatize the effects of goiter and IDD in the health of people afflicted with them.