​Translation of Research-based Breastfeeding Knowledge​


One of the most consistent findings from clinical and health service research is the lack of translating findings into policy and practice. Equal and free access to research-based knowledge and knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms are fundamental to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.

This is a project of Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD), Aga Khan University in collaboration with the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation (FLRF).

Dr Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Distinguished University Professor and Founding Director, IGHD and Dr Jai K Das, Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health and Assistant Director, IGHD are the lead investigators. 

Project Objectives

The objective of this project is to develop an approach and a roadmap to translate breastfeeding research available in various reputable journals and improve its accessibility for a wider audience. The translation will include three levels to reach all relevant stakeholders:

  • Level 1: Scientific Literature Summaries
  • Level 2: Lay-Science Summaries 
  • Level 3: Fact Sheets & Info Graphics

Project Activities

The project will be structured into six distinct steps.

Framework development and topic identification:

This step focuses on the development of knowledge translation framework. The framework would identify key stakeholders, their activities and information needs.

Transparency and gap analysis:

This step is split into two key activities: 

  1. Consultation of stakeholders about information needs and topics
  2. Transparency about available scientific reviews and gap analysis

Steps 1 and 2 need to be validated through a consensus process at a symposium.

Organizing a symposium for consensus:

Hosting interdisciplinary symposia at regular intervals for a guided consensus process and finalising the first two steps. 

Development of roadmap for implementation of findings:

Based on the recommendations from the symposia, a roadmap and budget will be developed for implementation in Phase II. Phase II is not part of this project. However, we expect AKU to also play a key role in Phase II.

Joint Method Publication:

The developed approach and framework for breastfeeding knowledge translation and related findings will be published in high-impact journals.​

Additional Considerations

Formation of Technical Advisory Group (TAG)

FLRF in consultation with AKU would identify leading experts in the field of breastfeeding and form a TAG for the project. Over the course of the project, three TAG meetings would be convened. Topics to be covered will include:

  • Breastfeeding determinants (Development of a Breastfeeding Barriers & Drivers Tool and operational approach, currently in testing with the government in Ghana)
  • Breastfeeding interventions (Development of a database and best practice framework, School of Public Health, Ghana)
  • Breastfeeding policies (Development of a database and analysis framework, currently in discussions)
  • Ethical considerations in breastfeeding (multi-phase project done by University of Zurich)