The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network of individuals
& organisations concerned with the protection, promotion & support of breastfeeding worldwide.
WABA action is based on the Innocenti Declaration, the Ten Links for Nurturing the Future and the
Global Strategy for Infant & Young Child Feeding. WABA is in consultative status with UNICEF & an NGO
in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).


Introducing WABA Research Task Force

The WABA Research Task Force is now being helmed by Amal Omer-Salim as Coordinator and Khalid Iqbal as Co-coordinator.

Specific objectives of the Research Task Force

a) to disseminate research findings relevant to the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding

b) to prepare briefing papers

c) to stimulate and support applied research important to the goals of WABA and as expressed in the Innocenti Declaration

Amal Omer-Salim
Amal Omer-Salim also serves as a Senior Technical Advisor to WABA. Amal is a nutritionist by profession and is based at the Dept of Women’s and Children’s Health at Uppsala University, Sweden.
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She has been involved in the education and research programs at Uppsala and has published two scientific articles which are described briefly below. Her main interests are in the field of infant and young child nutrition, the socioeconomic factors related to nutrition and more recently in the field of gender and nutrition. For many years, she has been working as a consultant to the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida. Amal has been working with WABA and its Core Partners in the ILO Campaign for Maternity protection for working women and is now working with WABA on coordinating the Health care practices area, amongst other things. The Logical Framework Approach and other results-oriented methodologies are of great interest to her as well as finding time to balance being a working mother of three children!

The two published articles which were part of her licentiate degree at Uppsala University are as follows:
  1. Whom can I rely on? Mother’s approaches to support for feeding:
    an interview study in suburban Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
    Omer-Salim A, Persson LÅ, Olsson P Midwifery. 2007 Jun;23(2):172-83. Epub 2006 Oct 17

  2. How do health workers balance infant feeding and employment?
    Amal Omer-Salim, Pia Olsson African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health,
    Vol. 2, Iss. 1, 18 Jan 2008, pp 46 - 52

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Dr.Khalid Iqbal
Dr.Khalid Iqbal is the Co-coordinator WABA’s Research Task Force. He is basically a clinician, currently working as a Neonatologist in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Dubai hospital Dubai United Arab Emirates.
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He has extensive experience in management of child health and infant nutrition issues. He is a Lactation Consultant, BFHI assessor and BFHI trainer as well.

Dr. Khalid has been affiliated with many regional and international organisations and contribute significantly in promotional activities and advocacy campaigns. He is a member of Advisory Committee IBFAN Arab World, Executive Coordinator of Gulf Alliance of Breastfeeding Advocates (GABA), Code Coordinator UAE Lactation Consultants Association. He had been approaching many formula companies with strong letters based on scientific evidence and compelled them to stop unethical and unscientific claims. One of the letters was published in The Lancet under title "Unethical promotion of Lactose Free Formula" .

Dr.Khalid is the author of many scientific papers either published in international journals or circulted online and has written two books, "Our Children are at Risk" and "The Basics of Human Lactation".

He is a well-known speaker and presented many topics at international platforms in USA, Germany, Australia and middle east countries.

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About Research

Generally, research is the organised and systematic method of finding answers to questions. It is systematic because it is a process broken up into clear steps that lead to conclusions. Research is organised because there is a planned structure and methodology used to reach the conclusion. Research is successful if we find answers, whether we like these answers or not. Research can be both quantitative and qualitative.


About the Research Task Force Newsletter
This newsletter aims to present some of the emerging research related to breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding in a comprehensive and easy-to-read format. For each issue, we will choose a few current topics where we ask key researchers/programme experts to summarise the latest research and explain how these findings can be applied in the real world. You will also find abstracts and commentaries on a few research studies and the links to the full text articles for further reading. We hope that this newsletter will enhance your work, whether programme, clinical or advocacy, as well as stimulate discussion about research findings, methodologies and ethics. Your comments on the current topics and articles are most welcome! If you have any suggestions for future topics, please let us know. The newsletter will be issued as an e-newsletter three times a year.

Resources, Useful Research and Links

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