Update August 26, 2015

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icddr,b launches new project on malnourished children

Sumel Sarker


icddr,b launches new project on malnourished children

26 August 2015, Nirapad News: icddr,b has launched a new project that aims to integrate nutritional care and psychosocial simulation to improve malnourished children’s growth and development in Bangladesh.
A launching ceremony of the project called ‘Transition to scale of an early childhood development programme in Bangladesh,’ was held on Tuesday at icddr,b’s Sasakawa auditorium, organised by icddr,b’s Child Development Unit within its Centre for Child and Adolescent Health.
The researchers will investigate the feasibility of integrating nutritional care and psychosocial simulation into community clinics, the grassroots level government health infrastructure in Bangladesh.
The project is being conducted in 130 clinics in Narshingdi and Kishoreganj district. Mothers and children attending the intervention clinics will receive the psychological simulation sessions and nutritional care fortnightly for one year.
Community health care providers under the revitalization of community health care initiatives in Bangladesh (RCHCIB), health assistants under the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), and family welfare assistants under the Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP) will be trained to conduct the sessions. They will help mothers to understand the importance of simulating the children at home.
Ms. Nasima Begum, NDC, and Secretary of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs attended this event as the chief guest and Prof Dr M R Khan as the guest of honour. The event was chaired by Dr Makhduma Nargis, Additional Secretary and Project Director of RCHCIB, while Professor John D Clemens, the Executive Director of icddr,b gave the welcome speech. Among the special guests were Dr Dulal Chandra Chowdhury from DGHS and Dr Mohammed Sharif from DGFP.
In her remarks, Nasima Begum welcomed icddr,b’s new study on early childhood development of malnourished children, and reiterated the importance of a concerted effort by government and non-government actors to mount the multi-sectoral response necessary for the countrywide problem of child malnutrition and cognitive development.
National Professor Dr M R Khan said this project will provide opportunity to learn, know and work in social and physiological development of the children.
The integration of ‘psychosocial simulation’ with ‘nutritional care’ could positively contribute to the health outcomes of millions of children in low- and middle-income countries, said Professor Clemens.
Dr Jena Hamadani, the principal investigator of the project, believes that the project findings can improve our understanding of the effect of psychosocial stimulation on the language, mental and psychomotor development and behaviour of malnourished children and can help future efforts to scale up the interventions.
The study is funded by Grand Challenges Canada. It is being conducted in collaboration with DGHS, DGFP, RCHCIB and Bangladesh Shishu Academy.

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