ICDDR,B in force at conference

Transform Nutrition on agenda at South Asian Regional Conference on Breastfeeding & Complementary Feeding

Shams El Arifeen speaking at South Asian Regional Conference on Breast-feeding and Complementary feeding

Shams El Arifeen speaking at South Asian Regional Conference on Breast-feeding and Complementary feeding

Exchange of knowledge and ideas

The International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) turned out in force to share knowledge and represent Transform Nutrition at the South Asian conference. Hosted in Dhaka on 29 April 2012, the conference focused on infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices and ways to enhance awareness of these. Through regional exchange of knowledge and ideas, the conference aimed to support participants’ efforts to improve IYCF practices and consequently help them to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

ICDDR,B shares research findings and Transform Nutrition plans

ICDDR,B sponsored a scientific session highlighting the nutritional status of children in Bangladesh. ICDDR,B also introduced Transform Nutrition’s research agenda. The three-day conference hosted stakeholders from South Asia, ranging from government officials, policy makers, researchers, civil society and development partners and experts in the field of pediatrics, gynecology, and nutrition.

In the scientific session Shams El Arifeen and Tahmeed Ahmed (Director, Centre for Nutrition & Food Security) presented on child nutrition status in Bangladesh, and the role of Transform Nutrition in addressing undernutrition in Bangladesh. Radwanur Rahman, (Project Research Manager, Centre for Child & Adolescent Health) presented some of the studies being planned under the umbrella of Transform Nutrition in India. Imran Reza Khan, (Research Investigator) and Country Research Uptake Officer for Transform Nutrition presented research uptake plans for Transform Nutrition in Bangladesh.

Collaboration of Bangladesh-based organisations

Bangladesh Breastfeeding Foundation organised the conference in collaboration with Bangladesh Medical Association, Bangladesh Pediatric Association, Bangladesh Neonatal Forum, Bangladesh Physiotherapy Society, Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Private Medical Practitioners Association.