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

Upul Senarath, Michael J. Dibley, South Asia Infant Feeding Research Network (SAIFRN)

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-294
Number of pages4
JournalFood and Nutrition Bulletin
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Infant and young child feeding
  • child survival
  • research network
  • South Asia


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