Iodine deficiency is estimated to affect 150 million people within Africa¹.
One of the side effects of Iodine deficiency (a lack of trace mineral Iodine found in fish and milk) is the formation of a Goitre; a swelling of the thyroid. This abnormal swelling can increase so dramatically that breathing and swallowing are severely affected. Although most Goitres are benign, it is estimated that 1 in 20 may be a sign of Thyroid Cancer.
How You Can Help?
BCT is committed to supporting the treatment/ surgery of Goitre cases in Tanzania where iodine deficiency due to a poor diet is highly prevalent. Treatments vary depending on the size and severity of the goitre. Possible treatments include, thyroid hormone replacement, dietary supplements and in the most severe cases, surgery.
In July 2014 Beta Charitable Trust sponsored the treatment of 12 Goitre patients through the Izaas medical programme in Tanzania. These patients came to the clinic with varying levels of Goitre problems. Here is an example:
Lucia Mulengera, 45 years old from Chato said: “I have 4 children, I have been suffering with a Goitre since I delivered my last child who is 12 years old now. My husband escorted me to Mugana Hospital, now I am okay, happy and back with my family. Thank you BCT, I will now be able to look after my children properly”.
¹Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre