Dr. Swapan Kumar Roy



Dr. S. K. Roy, Senior Scientist, Chairperson, BBF, Email: skroy1950@gmail.com, info@bbf-bd.org

• Ph.D in Nutrition, University of London (1987-1990);
• FRCP (Edin) Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (2008);
• Certificate on Food, Nutrition, Biotechnology & Poverty, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK & UNU (1984 – 1985);
• M.Sc. in Human Nutrition, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK (1983-1984)

• International Professional level Senior Scientist from 1976-2012
• Position held: Chairperson of Bangladesh Breastfeeding Foundation 2008 till Date

Personal statement of research and research objectives
Achievement of policy issues publications implemented nationally and internationally
During the tenure of my services I have been experienced in the following key areas:

1. "Excess mortality after discharge from diarrhoeal hospital" was the first article showing rehydration is not enough for malnourished children with diarrhoea and there is 14 times higher risk of mortality and was published in British Medical Journal in 1983.This paper was taken up by Ford and Rockefeller foundation and of WHO/CDD programme integrated nutritional management of diarrhoea and a post-diarrhoeal nutrition rehabilitation centre at ICDDRB was stabilized.

2. Persistent diarrhoea management with local diet and a dietary algorithm of management was published during 1986-90 (Arch Dis Chld, J Trop Ped, JPGN 1991, Br. J Nutr 1994) led formal initiative of WHO to emphasize recognition of this syndrome with high priority followed by a multi-centre research on development of algorithm of low cost local diet. Efforts has improved ICDDR,B care of persistent diarrhoea directly and practices in many hospitals.

3. Pioneering work on Supplementation of zinc in diarrhoeal disease presented in many international conferences and published in Lancet 1990, JPGN in 1992, Archives Dis Child 1997, has stimulated many research work with support of UNICEF and WHO. Three global consensus meetings have already been held and zinc is being placed with priority in diarrhoeal management. 14 May 2001, WHO adopted zinc supplementation in acute diarrhoea in children?

4. Is nutritional status deteriorating in Bangladesh? -An article published in 1988 in Health Policy and Planning, drew attention of UNICEF and World Bank and Govt. of Bangladesh and triggered to take a remedial measure. The BINP project was thus enhanced with current success. This is the trigger paper for BINP leading to NNP.

5. Effective means to address moderately malnourished children within BINP communities- This BINP project showed significant improvement of moderately malnourished children whose mothers received intensive nutrition education with or without supplementary feeding in 3 months period. This was the first successful project to reduce moderate malnutrition and results were adapted in BINP.

6. Study on postpartum vitamin A supplementation to mothers showing increased Breast milk retinol concentration up 6 month postpartum (1989 HKI Book), led later work (R. Stolfuz) and widely practiced. BINP project introduced high potency Vitamin A capsule in postpartum after this Bangladesh data has been available through peer reviewed journal (Eur J Clin Nutr, 1997).

Society membership and Leadership with international and national organizations having programmes in health and nutrition.

1. International Union of Nutrition Sciences (IUNS) 2013-2017: Executive Committee Member
2. Chairperson of Bangladesh Breastfeeding Foundation (BBF). Involves policy guideline coordination of subcommittee professionals, negotiations with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

3. Chairman of Nutrition Foundation of Bangladesh. Improves nutrition and health of the children, women and elderly of the country through activities including operational research, surveys, policy formulation, and human skill development.

4. Federation of Asian Nutrition Societies (FANS): Executive council member from Nutrition Society of Bangladesh
5. International Society for Trace Element Research in Humans (ISTERH): Executive committee member
6. National Advisory Committee of BMS Act of Bangladesh: Executive Member

7. Chairman, Research Sub Committee, BBF. Administration of research projects on breastfeeding commissioned to research institutions/agencies in Bangladesh.

8. Chairman, Research Committee and Executive Council Member: Commonwealth association of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition. (CAPGAN).

9. Chairman, Environment and Health Programme, Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Environment Society of Bangladesh) BAPA.

10. Nutrition Society of Bangladesh: General Secretary (1994-2002), EC member (2003).
11. Bangladesh Medical Association: Committee Member.
12. General Secretary of Bangladesh Breastfeeding Foundation (BBF). Involves policy guideline coordination of subcommittee professionals, negotiations with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
13. Bangladesh Pediatric Association: Member.
14. Bangladesh Public Health Association: Member.


Peer Reviewer : Journal of Health Population & Nutrition; The Journal of Pediatrics; The British Medical Journal; Journal of Trace Elements Research; British Journal of Nutrition; South Asian Journal of Nutrition
Editorial Board : Member, British Journal of Nutrition; Member, International Journal of Food & Nutrition; Member, South Asian Journal of Nutrition, Bangladesh National Nutrition Council, Dhaka; Member, Breastfeeding Bulletin, Bangladesh Breastfeeding Foundation, Dhaka; Editor, Research Bulletin, Bangladesh Breastfeeding Foundation, Dhaka


11 publications out of 221(Last 4 years only)
1. S.K.Roy, Maaike Buis, Renee Weersma, Wajiha Khatun, S. Chowdhury, Afroza Begum, Debjani Sarker, Saima Kamal Thakur, Mansura Khanam. Risk Factors of Mortality in severely malnourished children hospitalized with diarrhea. J Health Popul Nutr 2011 Jun:29(3): 229-235
2. Roy SK, Hossain M.J, W.Khatun, Chakraborty B, Chowdhury S, Begum A, Muneer SME, Shafique S, Khanam M, Chowdhury R. Zinc supplementation in children in cholera in Bangladesh: Randomised controlled trial; BMJ February , 2008: 2;336(7638):266-8
3. Roy SK, Jolly S P, Shafique S , Fuchs G J , Mahmud Z, Chakraborty B, and Roy S . Prevention of malnutrition among young children in rural Bangladesh by a food–health-care educational intervention: A randomized controlled trial; Food and Nutrition Bulletin; January 2008; vol 28 (4); 375-383.
4. Roy SK., G J Fuchs, Z Mahmud, G Ara, S Islam, S Shafique, S S Akter, and Barnali Chakraborty. Intensive Nutrition Education with or without Supplementary Feeding Improves the Nutritional Status of Moderately malnourished Children in Bangladesh. J Health Popul Nutr 2005.dec 23(4):320-330.
5. Dibley MJ, Roy SK, Senarath U, Patel A, Tiwari K, Agho KE, Mihrshahi S; South Asia Infant Feeding Research Network. Across-country comparisons of selected infant and young child feeding indicators and associated factors in four South Asian countries. Food Nutr Bull. 2010; 31(2):366-75.
6. Mihrshahi S, Kabir I, Roy SK, Agho KE, Senarath U, Dibley MJ; South Asia Infant Feeding Research Network. Determinants of infant and young child feeding practices in Bangladesh: secondary data analysis of Demographic and Health Survey 2004. Food Nutr Bull. 2010; 31(2):295-313.
7. Mahfuza Islam, S.K. Roy, Muktara Begum, and M. Jobayer Chisti ; Dietary intake and clinical response of hospitalized patients with acute diarrhea; : March 2008; Food and Nutrition Bulletin, vol. 29, no. 1; 25-31
8. Michael J. Dibley, S. K. Roy, Upul Senarath, Archana Patel, Kalpana Tiwari, Kingsley E. Agho, and Seema Mihrshahi for the South Asia Infant Feeding ResearchNetwork (SAIFRN). A cross-country comparison of selected infant and young child feeding indicators and associated factors in four South Asian countries. Food and Nutrition Bulletin, vol. 31, no. 2 © 2010, The United Nations University.
9. Seema Mihrshahi, Iqbal Kabir, S. K. Roy, Kingsley E. Agho, Upul Senarath, and Michael J. Dibley for the South Asia Infant Feeding Research Network (SAIFRN)*Determinants of infant and young child feeding practices in Bangladesh: Secondary data analysis of Demographic and Health Survey 2004. Food and Nutrition Bulletin, vol. 31, no. 2 © 2010, The United Nations University
10. Upul Senarath, Kingsley E. Agho, Dur-e-Samin Akram, Sanjeeva S.P. Godakandage,Tabish Hazir, Hiranya Jayawickrama, Nira Joshi, Iqbal Kabir, Mansura Khanam, Archana Patel, Yamini Pusdekar, Swapan K. Roy, Indika Siriwardena, Kalpana Tiwari and Michael J. Dibley.Comparisons of complementary feeding indicators and associated factors in children aged 6–23 months across five South Asian countries. Accepted in Maternal and Child Nutrition (2011)
11. S. K. Thakur, Dr. S.K. Roy, Kanta Paul, Mansura Khanam, Wajiha Khatun, Debjani Sarker. Effect of nutrition education on exclusive breastfeeding for nutritional outcome of low birth weight babies. Europian Journal of Clinical Nutrition advance online publication, 16 November 2011; doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2011.182

1. Professor and Chairman of Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of South Asia, Dhaka. .
2. Prof. of Food and Nutrition for M.Sc. Food and Nutrition, CHE, University of Dhaka,
3. M.Sc./M.Phil/Ph.D thesis guide, from home and abroad.
4. Bangladesh Institute of Child Health Bangladesh as Prof. of Pediatric Nutrition.

Roles played in the national and international policies and guidelines
National (Bangladesh):
1. Health policy
2. Nutrition policy
3. Food and nutrition policy
4. Environment policy
5. IYCF policy
6. Dietary guidelines International:
1. IYCF policy
2. IBFAN policy
3. Nutrition policy

Advisory and consultancy: World Bank, Dhaka; UNICEF, Dhaka; BARC, (MOA, BD); Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh; (BNNC); NNS, NNP, BINP (1995-2014)