The Nurture Early for Optimal Nutrition (NEON) study is a multi-phase project that aims to optimise feeding, care and dental hygiene practices in South Asian children <2 in East London.
The Nurture Early for Optimal Nutrition (NEON)
The Nurture Early for Optimal Nutrition (NEON) study is a multi-phase project that aims to optimise feeding, care and dental hygiene practices in South Asian children <2 in East London using participatory learning and action (PLA) cycles facilitated by a multi-lingual community facilitator.
The first phase (formative research & intervention development in British Bangladeshis) was funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North Thames (£301,693) in partnership with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It was led by Prof Monica Lakhanpaul.
The current second phase (pilot randomised controlled trial & intervention development in all South Asians) is funded by the NIHR Academy (£805,854) in partnership with the Tower Hamlets GP Care Group CIC & the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets & Newham. It’s being led by Dr Logan Manikam.
If successful, a cluster randomised controlled trial will follow in East London with subsequent scale up across the UK
Sub-optimal feeding, care and dental hygiene practices have shown to be particularly prevalent in the UK South Asian population . The Borough of Tower Hamlets and Newham has one of the largest South Asian communities in the country alongside higher than average rates of child poverty and obesity. Please visit NEON website for more information