SAIFRN researchers at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICCDR-B) and the University of Sydney, in collaboration with local organisations are undertaking a trial of peer counselling to promote and sustain optimal feeding in infants and children aged 0-24 months in the Mirpur municipality of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Local women have been recruited from their communities and trained about appropriate infant and young child feeding and how to counsel mothers feeding infants. These “peer counsellors” identify pregnant women in their community and conduct home-visits to counsel these mothers on appropriate infant and young child feeding practices during their pregnancy and for 12 months post-partum.
The project aims to establish if peer counselling compared to usual programs will:
- improve the rates of breastfeeding and appropriate complementary feeding of infants and children; and
- reduce the prevalence of stunting of children at 18 months of age post-intervention.