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The 20th International Congress of Nutrition, the leading and most prestigious international event in the nutrition sector, promoted by the International Union of Nutritional Science (IUNS) and organized by the Spanish Nutrition Society (SEN) in conjunction with the Iberoamerican Nutrition Foundation (FINUT) and the University of Granada took place in the city of Grenada, Spain from 15 to 20 September 2013. The theme of this very important nutrition event was ‘Joining Cultures through Nutrition'.

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The 20th International Congress of Nutrition, the leading and most prestigious international event in the nutrition sector, promoted by the International Union of Nutritional Science (IUNS) and organized by the Spanish Nutrition Society (SEN) in conjunction with the Iberoamerican Nutrition Foundation (FINUT) and the University of Granada took place in the city of Grenada, Spain from 15 to 20 September 2013. The theme of this very important nutrition event was ‘Joining Cultures through Nutrition'.


Every four years, the IUNS promotes this congress, bringing together over 100 countries. This year there a total of seven (7) plenary lectures, 32 Special Lectures, 90 Parallel Symposia, four (4) Debates, a “Living Legend Session” 24 Sessions of Oral Communications, 36 Sponsored Symposia and 16 Satellite Symposia during a total of five (5) days event.

Dr. Shamim Hayder Talukder, founder CEO of Eminence presented the summary findings of the “Strengthening Capacity of the Front-line Health Workers” during the Satellite Symposia focused on “Alive and Thrive” small grants funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This study was a randomized control trial carried out by Eminence in Panchagar district – the northernmost part of Bangladesh – funded by “Alive and Thrive Small Grant Program” managed by University of California Davis. The study demonstrated that strengthening capacity of front line health workers/ TBAs has an effect on improving exclusive breastfeeding, initiation of breastfeeding and can reduce pre-lacteal feeding significantly.

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