Dr Ashraful Alam

Senior Research Fellow in Medical Anthropology
International Public Health, School of Public Health

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Research interests

Qualitaive research; Implementation science; Maternal & child nutriton; Agriculture for nutrition; Adolescent obesity; mHealth;

Current research students

Project title Research student
Understanding stillbirths within cultural context and health system of Sindh province in Pakistan Jamil AHMED
Obesity in children in Ho Chi Minh City: From qualitative and quantitative evidence to intervention Ngoc Minh NGUYEN

Current projects

1. 2017–2021. Cash transfers and behaviour change communications to reduce child undernutrition in rural Bangladesh: a cluster randomized controlled trial to determine the most effective combination of interventions.Funding: NHMRC.

2. 2017-2020. The impact of cleaner cookstoves to reduce adverse pregnancy outcomes in low resource settings. Funding: NHMRC.

3. 2016–2017. Formative research for maternal, infant, and young child nutrition, maternal and child care and hygiene and sanitation practices in Lao PDR. Funding: Save the Children International.

4. 2017–2018. Can Bovine Lactoferrin Prevent Neonatal Infections in Low Birthweight Newborns in Pakistan?Funding: USAID.

5. 2017–2018. Healthier lifestyles through a peer-education and peer-support system: A school-based pilot project in adolescents in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. My role: Co-Investigator for feasibility assessment. Fund: Medical Research Council, UK.

6. 2016-2018. Harnessing women’s social networks to improve maternal and child nutrition behaviours in East Java, Indonesia: An explorative study of positive and negative deviants. Funding: The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre.

7. 2015 –2018. M-SAKHI : Mobile health solutions to help community providers promote maternal & infant nutrition & health - A community-based cluster RCT in rural India. Fund: NHMRC.

8. 2015 – 2016. Developing and testing a mobile based integrated conditional cash transfer and community nutrition promotion intervention for ultra poor rural households in Bangladesh: A feasibility study. Funding: Gates Foundation.

9. 2015-2017. Feasibility of an integrated agriculture and nutrition behavior change intervention to improve maternal and child nutrition in rural Bangladesh. Funding: DFID through Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia.

10. 2014 –2017. Effectiveness of an integrated program to reduce maternal and child malnutrition in Indonesia. A cRCT to evaluate a comprehensive maternal & child health intervention in Java province in Indonesia. Fund: the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).

11. 2014–2016. Collaborating with Pham Ngoc Thach University, Vietnam to assess feasibility of an intervention to prevent obesity in adolescents in Ho Chi Minh City. IPDF grant to establish collaboration with PNT University and doing pilot study to explore feasible school-based interventions to prevent adolescent obesity in Vietnam.

12. 2013. Understanding feasibility and acceptability of cleaner cookstoves in rural Indian households: Implications for a trial to assess the impact of indoor air pollution on perinatal morbidity and mortality in rural Nagpur, India.

13. 2011–2017. A community-based cluster randomized controlled trial in rural in Bangladesh to evaluate the impact of the use of iron/folic acid supplements early in pregnancy on the risk of neonatal mortality. Funding: NHMRC.

14. 2011–2018. Peer counseling to improve feeding practices and reduce malnutrition in children 0-2 years in Bangladesh. An NH&MRC funded project administered by A/Prof Michael Dibley at the University of Sydney. Funding: NHMRC.

Selected grants

2017

  • The impact of cleaner cookstoves to reduce adverse pregnancy outcomes in low resource settings - The HAPPeN trial; Raynes-Greenow C, Dibley M, El Arifeen S, Jalaludin B, Agho K, Thornburg J, Alam A, Goodwin N, Hayes A, Gurley E; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.
  • Cash transfers and behaviour change communications to reduce child under-nutrition in rural Bangladesh: a cluster randomized controlled trial to determine the most effective combination of interventions.; Dibley M, Arifeen S, Huda T, Hoddinott J, Alam A, Agho K, Goodwin N, Muthayya S, Laba T, Islam M; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2015

  • M-SAKHI : Mobile health solutions to help community providers promote maternal and infant nutrition and health - A community-based cluster randomized controlled trial in rural India; Dibley M, Patel A, Muthayya S, Kelly P, Alam A, Laba T; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2014

  • Effectiveness of an integrated program to reduce maternal and child malnutrition in Indonesia; Dibley M, Li M, Hayes A, Alam A, Ferguson E, Titaley C, Ariawan I; The Global Alliance For Improved Nutrition/Research Support.
  • Collaborating with Pham Ngoc Thach University, Vietnam to assess feasibility of an intervention to prevent obesity in adolescents in Ho Chi Minh City; Alam A, Baur L, Dibley M, Hong T, Trang N; Office of Global Engagement/IPDF Grant.

2012

  • A community-based cluster randomized controlled trial in rural Bangladesh to evaluate the impact of the use of iron/folic acid supplements early in pregnancy on the risk of neonatal mortalityBACKGROUND An effective program of antenatal iron folic acid; Alam A, Dibley M, Arifeen S, Agho K, Khan J, Rasheed S, Biggs B, Jeffery H, Huda T; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Hmone, M., Li, M., Agho, K., Alam, A., Dibley, M. (2017). Factors associated with intention to exclusive breastfeed in central women's hospital, Yangon, Myanmar. International Breastfeeding Journal, 12(1), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Chowdhury, M., Raynes-Greenow, C., Alam, A., Dibley, M. (2017). Making a balanced plate for pregnant women to improve birthweight of infants: a study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial in rural Bangladesh. BMJ Open, 7(8), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Pan Hmone, M., Li, M., Alam, A., Dibley, M. (2017). Mobile Phone Short Messages to Improve Exclusive Breastfeeding and Reduce Adverse Infant Feeding Practices: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial in Yangon, Myanmar. JMIR Research Protocols, 6(6), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Pan Hmone, M., Dibley, M., Li, M., Alam, A. (2016). A formative study to inform mHealth based randomized controlled trial intervention to promote exclusive breastfeeding practices in Myanmar: incorporating qualitative study findings. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 16(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Alam, A., Tawale, N., Patel, A., Dibley, M., Jadhao, S., Raynes-Greenow, C. (2016). Household Air Pollution Intervention Implications: Findings from Qualitative Studies and a Field Trial of Clean Cookstoves in Two Rural Villages in India. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(9), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Nisar, Y., Aurangzeb, B., Dibley, M., Alam, A. (2016). Qualitative exploration of facilitating factors and barriers to use of antenatal care services by pregnant women in urban and rural settings in Pakistan. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 16(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Weerasinghe, M., Senerath, U., Godakandage, S., Jayawickrama, H., Wickramasinghe, A., Siriwardena, I., Nimalan, S., Dibley, M., Alam, A. (2016). Use of Mobile Phones for Infant and Young Child Feeding Counseling in Sri Lankan Tea Estates: A Formative Study. Qualitative Report, 21(5), 899-913.
  • Alam, A., Rasheed, S., Khan, N., Sharmin, T., Huda, T., Arifeen, S., Dibley, M. (2015). How can formative research inform the design of an iron-folic acid supplementation intervention starting in first trimester of pregnancy in Bangladesh? BMC Public Health, 15(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Henry, E., Lehnertz, N., Alam, A., Ali, N., Williams, E., Rahman, S., Ahmed, S., El Arifeen, S., Baqui, A., Winch, P. (2015). Sociocultural factors perpetuating the practices of early marriage and childbirth in Sylhet District, Bangladesh. International Health, 7(3), 212-217. [More Information]
  • Matthews, L., Harris, L., Jaworski, A., Alam, A., Bozdag, G. (2014). Function, health and psychosocial needs in job-seekers with anxiety, mood, and psychotic disorders who access disability employment services. Work, 49(2), 271-279. [More Information]
  • Nisar, Y., Alam, A., Aurangzeb, B., Dibley, M. (2014). Perceptions of antenatal iron-folic acid supplements in urban and rural Pakistan: A qualitative study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14(1), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Harris, L., Matthews, L., Penrose-Wall, J., Alam, A., Jaworski, A. (2014). Perspectives on barriers to employment for job seekers with mental illness and additional substance-use problems. Health and Social Care in the Community, 22(1), 67-77. [More Information]
  • Uddin, M., Hossain, L., Hamra, J., Alam, A. (2013). A study of physician collaborations through social network and exponential random graph. BMC Health Services Research, 13(1), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Choudhury, N., Moran, A., Alam, A., Ahsan, K., Rashid, S., Streatfield, P. (2012). Beliefs and practices during pregnancy and childbirth in urban slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh. BMC Public Health, 12(11), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Khatun, F., Rasheed, S., Moran, A., Alam, A., Shomik, M., Sultana, M., Choudhury, N., Iqbal, M., Bhuiya, A. (2012). Causes of neonatal and maternal deaths in Dhaka slums: implications for service delivery. BMC Public Health, 12(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Ahmed, S., Hossain, A., Khan, M., Mridha, M., Alam, A., Choudhury, N., Sharmin, T., Afsana, K., Bhuiya, A. (2010). Using formative research to develop MNCH programme in urban slums in Bangladesh: experiences from MANOSHI, BRAC. BMC Public Health, 10, 663-663. [More Information]
  • Moran, A., Choudhury, N., Khan, N., Karar, Z., Wahed, T., Rashid, S., Alam, M. (2009). Newborn care practices among slum dwellers in Dhaka, Bangladesh: a quantitative and qualitative exploratory study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 9, 54-54. [More Information]
  • Alam, M., Ali, N., Sultana, N., Mullany, L., Teela, K., Khan, N., Baqui, A., Arifeen, S., Mannan, I., Darmstadt, G., et al (2008). Newborn umbilical cord and skin care in Sylhet District, Bangladesh: implications for the promotion of umbilical cord cleansing with topical chlorhexidine. Journal of Perinatology, 28(Suppl 2), S61-68. [More Information]
  • Winch, P., Alam, A., Akther, A., Afroz, D., Ali, N., Ellis, A., Baqui, A., Darmstadt, G., El Arifeen, S., Seraji, M., et al (2005). Local understandings of vulnerability and protection during the neonatal period in Sylhet District, Bangladesh: a qualitative study. The Lancet, 366, 478-485. [More Information]

2017

  • Hmone, M., Li, M., Agho, K., Alam, A., Dibley, M. (2017). Factors associated with intention to exclusive breastfeed in central women's hospital, Yangon, Myanmar. International Breastfeeding Journal, 12(1), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Chowdhury, M., Raynes-Greenow, C., Alam, A., Dibley, M. (2017). Making a balanced plate for pregnant women to improve birthweight of infants: a study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial in rural Bangladesh. BMJ Open, 7(8), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Pan Hmone, M., Li, M., Alam, A., Dibley, M. (2017). Mobile Phone Short Messages to Improve Exclusive Breastfeeding and Reduce Adverse Infant Feeding Practices: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial in Yangon, Myanmar. JMIR Research Protocols, 6(6), 1-15. [More Information]

2016

  • Pan Hmone, M., Dibley, M., Li, M., Alam, A. (2016). A formative study to inform mHealth based randomized controlled trial intervention to promote exclusive breastfeeding practices in Myanmar: incorporating qualitative study findings. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 16(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Alam, A., Tawale, N., Patel, A., Dibley, M., Jadhao, S., Raynes-Greenow, C. (2016). Household Air Pollution Intervention Implications: Findings from Qualitative Studies and a Field Trial of Clean Cookstoves in Two Rural Villages in India. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(9), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Nisar, Y., Aurangzeb, B., Dibley, M., Alam, A. (2016). Qualitative exploration of facilitating factors and barriers to use of antenatal care services by pregnant women in urban and rural settings in Pakistan. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 16(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Weerasinghe, M., Senerath, U., Godakandage, S., Jayawickrama, H., Wickramasinghe, A., Siriwardena, I., Nimalan, S., Dibley, M., Alam, A. (2016). Use of Mobile Phones for Infant and Young Child Feeding Counseling in Sri Lankan Tea Estates: A Formative Study. Qualitative Report, 21(5), 899-913.

2015

  • Alam, A., Rasheed, S., Khan, N., Sharmin, T., Huda, T., Arifeen, S., Dibley, M. (2015). How can formative research inform the design of an iron-folic acid supplementation intervention starting in first trimester of pregnancy in Bangladesh? BMC Public Health, 15(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Henry, E., Lehnertz, N., Alam, A., Ali, N., Williams, E., Rahman, S., Ahmed, S., El Arifeen, S., Baqui, A., Winch, P. (2015). Sociocultural factors perpetuating the practices of early marriage and childbirth in Sylhet District, Bangladesh. International Health, 7(3), 212-217. [More Information]

2014

  • Matthews, L., Harris, L., Jaworski, A., Alam, A., Bozdag, G. (2014). Function, health and psychosocial needs in job-seekers with anxiety, mood, and psychotic disorders who access disability employment services. Work, 49(2), 271-279. [More Information]
  • Nisar, Y., Alam, A., Aurangzeb, B., Dibley, M. (2014). Perceptions of antenatal iron-folic acid supplements in urban and rural Pakistan: A qualitative study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14(1), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Harris, L., Matthews, L., Penrose-Wall, J., Alam, A., Jaworski, A. (2014). Perspectives on barriers to employment for job seekers with mental illness and additional substance-use problems. Health and Social Care in the Community, 22(1), 67-77. [More Information]

2013

  • Uddin, M., Hossain, L., Hamra, J., Alam, A. (2013). A study of physician collaborations through social network and exponential random graph. BMC Health Services Research, 13(1), 1-14. [More Information]

2012

  • Choudhury, N., Moran, A., Alam, A., Ahsan, K., Rashid, S., Streatfield, P. (2012). Beliefs and practices during pregnancy and childbirth in urban slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh. BMC Public Health, 12(11), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Khatun, F., Rasheed, S., Moran, A., Alam, A., Shomik, M., Sultana, M., Choudhury, N., Iqbal, M., Bhuiya, A. (2012). Causes of neonatal and maternal deaths in Dhaka slums: implications for service delivery. BMC Public Health, 12(1), 1-9. [More Information]

2010

  • Ahmed, S., Hossain, A., Khan, M., Mridha, M., Alam, A., Choudhury, N., Sharmin, T., Afsana, K., Bhuiya, A. (2010). Using formative research to develop MNCH programme in urban slums in Bangladesh: experiences from MANOSHI, BRAC. BMC Public Health, 10, 663-663. [More Information]

2009

  • Moran, A., Choudhury, N., Khan, N., Karar, Z., Wahed, T., Rashid, S., Alam, M. (2009). Newborn care practices among slum dwellers in Dhaka, Bangladesh: a quantitative and qualitative exploratory study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 9, 54-54. [More Information]

2008

  • Alam, M., Ali, N., Sultana, N., Mullany, L., Teela, K., Khan, N., Baqui, A., Arifeen, S., Mannan, I., Darmstadt, G., et al (2008). Newborn umbilical cord and skin care in Sylhet District, Bangladesh: implications for the promotion of umbilical cord cleansing with topical chlorhexidine. Journal of Perinatology, 28(Suppl 2), S61-68. [More Information]

2005

  • Winch, P., Alam, A., Akther, A., Afroz, D., Ali, N., Ellis, A., Baqui, A., Darmstadt, G., El Arifeen, S., Seraji, M., et al (2005). Local understandings of vulnerability and protection during the neonatal period in Sylhet District, Bangladesh: a qualitative study. The Lancet, 366, 478-485. [More Information]

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