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There are total 310 Salt Mills registered with the BSCIC for salt production. Out of which, 129 (42%) are currently functional. BSCIC revoked licence of remaining salt mills either due to irregular production of salt or due to non-compliance with existing standards of producing adequately iodised salt for edible purpose. Out of currently functioning salt mills (129), 124 (96% of total number) are traditional salt mills that includes a washery, centrifuge and dryer. Only 5 (4%) are refineries using vacuum evaporation technique for salt processing and iodisation.

UNICEF supported development of USI BD Central MIS for the Government and Salt Millers for documenting and monitoring the Universal Salt Iodization (USI) Program. It is a web-based MIS tool with dynamic features, provides the real-time data at a glance on registration status of mills, production of iodized and industrial salt, day to day internal quality assurance and quality control of iodized salt, quality control by regulatory bodies, procurement and utilization of potassium iodate and coverage of iodized salt throughout the country.

The USI BD app has been developed to input all data quickly and easily to the central MIS through Smart Phone by the registered miller and their respective user. The inputted data will be synchronized into the central web-based MIS application through the USI BD app.

The Objective of the Program

  • Stay rich in evidence-based information
  • Collect necessary information of salt mill
  • Knowing the exact details of sale and stock of salt and iodine
  • Preserving marketing information on iodized salt
  • Preserving data to ensure quality control
  • The government agency will look after & surveillance the miller through the MIS and consuming level by the district and division wise real-time basis.
  • The real-time data will be generated which help to proceed next, what to do? How to do?
  • This will support to the millers to comply with Salt Act 2020 by showing authentic records.

To prepare a web enabled user-friendly data management tool/software for compiling all relevant information from different sources and generating results on overall progress of production, marketing and coverage of quality iodized salt. This overall progress result will be used for planning, monitoring and decision making to improve availability and accessibility of adequately iodized salt for Bangladeshi population.

Last updated: November 24, 2021, 11:01 GMT

Under Guidance By

Dr. Ireen Akhter Chowdhury
Nutrition Officer
UNICEF Bangladesh

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