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Type Journal Article - BMC Public Health
Title Policy content and stakeholder network analysis for infant and young child feeding in Bangladesh
Author(s)
Volume 17
Issue 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2017
URL https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-017-4338-0
Abstract
Background
Appropriate infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices are essential for nutrition of infants and young children. Bangladesh has one of the highest levels of malnutrition globally along with sub-optimal IYCF practices. A supportive policy environment is essential to ensure that effective IYCF interventions are scaled up.

The objectives of our study were to assess the support for IYCF in the national policy environment through policy analysis and stakeholder analysis and in so doing identify opportunities to strengthen the policy environment.

Methods
We used a matrix developed by SAIFRN (the South Asian Infant Feeding Research Network) to systematically identify supportive national policies, plans and guidelines for IYCF. We adapted narrative synthesis and descriptive approaches to analyze policy content, based on four themes with a focus on support for mothers. We conducted three Net-Map interviews to identify stakeholders who influenced the policies and programs related to IYCF.

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