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Alok Ranjan

Dr. Alok Ranjan for over a decade has been working in areas of Public Health and Nutrition.  He has MD in Preventive and Social Medicine. He started his professional career as Research Associate for health projects at Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad. He then joined WHO-National Polio Surveillance Project for polio eradication work as Surveillance Medical Officer in Bihar.  Thereafter, for 6 and a half years, he worked with UNICEF. Initially he worked as Consultant with UNICEF Office of Bihar – Health Section and worked for Routine Immunization, IMNCI, Maternal Health, Emergency Health, etc. After that, he worked with UNICEF’s Nutrition Section and led UNICEF’s nutrition program in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh – with focus on Infant and Young Child Feeding, Micronutrients, Maternal and Adolescent Nutrition and Management of children with Severe Acute Malnutrition. Having worked in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh over eight years, he believes that these are epicenter of the center of global malnutrition (India). Since last two and half years he has been leading the Nutrition work in India at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and in Bangladesh for last one year. As the Foundation rolled out its Global Nutrition Strategy in 2015, a big focus is on Maternal and Child Nutrition in India and specially in the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.



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Six months, two thousand feeds: It is essential to recognise that breastfeeding is not only the mother’s responsibility

In India, analysis of breastfeeding trends shows that, over the last decade, the percentage of infants (under six months of age) who were exclusively breastfed in India increased from 46.4% to 54.9%. The national average, however, conceals variability across states – the rate in Bihar, for instance, has gone up, but it has fallen in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.

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