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Introduction : the South Asia Infant Feeding Research Network (SAIFRN)

Senarath, U., Dibley, M.J., Roy, S.K., Kabir, I., Patel, Archana, Badhoniya, N., Khadse, S., Pandey, S., Tiwari, K., Godakandage, S.S., & Mihrshahi, S. (2010) Introduction : the South Asia Infant Feeding Research Network (SAIFRN). Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 31(2), pp. 291-294.

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Abstract

The South Asia Infant Feeding Research Network (SAIFRN) was established in 2007 to foster and coordinate a research partnership among South Asian and international research groups interested in infant and young child feeding. SAIFRN has brought together a mix of researchers and program managers from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka together with international partners from Australia. As the first activity, SAIFRN conducted a series of analyses using Demographic and Health Surveys of Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka and the National Family Health Survey of India. The results highlight that most indicators of infant and young child feeding in these four countries have not reached the targeted levels. The rates vary considerably by country, and the factors associated with poor feeding practices were not always consistent across countries. Driven by the ultimate goal of improved child survival in the region, SAIFRN wishes to expand its partnerships with governmental and nongovernmental organizations that share common interests both within and outside the South Asia region. In the future, SAIFRN hopes to provide more opportunities to researchers in the region to improve their skills by participating in capacity-building programs in collaboration with international partner institutions, and looks forward to liaising with potential donors to support such activities.

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ID Code: 39132
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Infant and young child feeding, Child Survival, Reserach Networks, South Asia
ISSN: 0379-5721
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 13 Dec 2010 14:47
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:18

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