Islamabad will host the 8th regional meeting of the South Asia Infant Feeding Research Network (SAIFRN) between the 7th and the 11th April, 2014. Thirty representatives of the SAIFRN from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will meet to discuss the ongoing projects supported by the SAIFRN in these five countries, review the progress and finalise the plan for the next one year. The inaugural session will be addressed by the distinguished researchers and professionals in child nutrition from across the region, and stakeholders including Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar, the honourable Minister of State, National Health Services Regulations and Coordination of Pakistan.
Apart from developing the collaboration between the leading institutions working on infant and child feeding and nutrition across South Asia, SAIFRN is currently supporting two research projects. Findings of the first phase of the Infant and Young Child Nutrition Policy Analysis Project and the Mobile Communications Pilot Project to assess the feasibility of using mobile phones for infant feeding counselling will be disseminated in the meeting. The study teams will also engage in group exercises to develop the design of the next phase of these two projects. Ms. Saijai Liangpunsakul, a delegate from the Bangkok-based Dimagi, will run a day-long workshop on the applications of CommCare for infant and child nutrition projects. International participants from the University of Sydney will provide technical inputs to support the development of the research activities.