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Bangladesh

Kamaluddin Ahmad
Institute of Nutrition and Food Science, Dhaka University, Dhaka-2, Bangladesh

Mothers and children in rural areas are the main target for nutrition education in Bangladesh. Various strategies have been used to convey nutrition information to different groups. The messages generally given are: (a) identification of malnutrition; (b) environmental factors influencing nutritional status; (c) infection and malnutrition; (d) parasites and malnutrition; (e) infant-feeding practices, including breast-feeding and weaning food; and (f) immunization. Examples of some strategies used are:

  1. Messages on infant feeding and locally available weaning foods given to mothers and mothers-to-be in rural areas by volunteers through food demonstrations.
  2. General nutrition education in secondary schools! using students to relay the message from their teachers, who were specially trained in nutrition, to parents and other family members.

Nutrition and related activities are strengthened by short-course training of peripheral-level workers and middle-level officials. Attention is given to cultural practices in dietary food and preparation habits. The mass medium most often used is radio, and, to a rather limited extent, television.