Saira Parveen Jolly

Saira Parveen Jolly has been working as a Research Fellow at BRAC Research and Evaluation Division since 2011. At BRAC, she is conducting both primary and programme based research to improve nutrition and health of under-five children, women, adolescent girls and people with special needs. She had been trained in nutrition, public health, and epidemiology at both home and abroad. She has 14 years research experience in the field of food, nutrition, WASH, public health and epidemiology. She worked as Scientific Officer for five years in Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, under Ministry of Science and Technology, People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Here she did research on developing nutritious food process/patent for the small-scale entrepreneur to make them independent and help to mitigate country’s nutrition problem.  She also worked at International Center for Diarrhoeal Diseases and Research, Bangladesh. Here she did research on clinical and community-based trial for reduction of malnutrition and morbidity of women and under-five children of Bangladesh

Personal data

Address                       : BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh

Telephone                   : 88 02 9881265

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Nationality                  : Bangladeshi

Gender                        : Female


Education/ Training


MSc in Nutrition and Health

Specialization : Nutritional and Public Health Epidemiology

Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands


MSc in Nutrition

Institute of Nutrition & Food Science, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh


BSc (Hons) in Food & Nutrition

University of Dhaka, Bangladesh



  1. Worked as Project coordinator (Project title: The effect of micronutrient powder (MNP), hand sanitizer and hand washing on linear growth faltering, treating iron deficiency anaemia and preventing calcium deficiency among Bangladeshi infants-A randomized control trial) at BRAC. The principal investigator of this study was Dr Stanley H Zlotkin, Professor, Toronto University and Hospital for Sick Children, Canada (From June, 2011 to May, 2012).


  1. Worked as a Scientific Officer (June, 2006 to June 2011), at Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), under Ministry of Science and Technology, People’s Republic Of Bangladesh.


  1. Worked as Research Assistant (01/05/2010 to 01/09/2010), under supervision of Dr Edith Feskens, Professor, Nutritional Epidemiology, Division of Human Nutrition, Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands  (Project title: Effect of weight reduction on flow mediated dilation (FMD) – a meta –analysis).


  1. Worked as Research Assistant (01/08/2009 to 27/04/2010), under supervision of Dr Edith Feskens, Professor, Nutritional Epidemiology, Division of Human Nutrition, Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands  (Project title: Cohort study of Diabetes and Atherosclerosis).


  1. Worked as Research Assistant (01/06/2004 to 18/06/2006), under supervision of Dr S K Roy, Senior Scientist, Clinical Sciences Division, ICDDR, B.



Mactaggart I, Schmidt WP, Bostoen K, Chunga J, Danquah L, Halder AK, Jolly SP, Polack S, Snel M, Kuper H, Biran A. Access to water and sanitation amongst people with disabilities: results from cross-sectional surveys in Bangladesh, Cameroon, India and Malawi BMJ.


Jolly SP, Rahman M, Afsana K, Yunus FM, Chowdhury AMR. Evaluation of Maternal Health Service Indicators in Urban Slum of Bangladesh.  PLoS One. 2016 Oct 12;11(10):e0162825. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0162825.


Shafique S, Sellen DW, Lou W, Chowdhury SBJ, Jolly SP, Zlotkin SH. Mineral- and vitamin-enhanced micronutrient powder reduces stunting in full-term low-birth-weight infants receiving nutrition, health, and hygiene education: a 2 × 2 factorial, cluster-randomized trial in Bangladesh. Am J Clin Nutr.2016 May; 103(5):1357-69.


Roy SK, Bilkes F, Islam K, Ara G, Tanner P, Wosk I, Rahman AS, Chakraborty B, Jolly SP, Khatun W. Impact of pilot project of Rural Maintenance Programme (RMP) on destitute women: CARE, Bangladesh. Food Nutr Bull. 2008 Mar; 29 (1): 67-75.


Roy SK, Jolly SP, Shafique S, Fuchs GJ, Mahmud Z, Chakraborty B, Roy S. Prevention of malnutrition among young children in rural Bangladesh by a food-health-care educational intervention: a randomized, controlled trial. Food Nutr Bull.2007 Dec; 28 (4): 375-383.


Roy SK, Tomkins AM, Akramuzzaman SM, Chakraborty B, Ara G, Biswas R, Islam KE, Khatun W, Jolly SP. Impact of zinc supplementation on subsequent morbidity and growth in Bangladeshi children with persistent diarrhoea. J Health Popul Nutr. 2007:25 (1): 67-74.


Roy SK,Tomkins AM, Ara G, Jolly SP, Khatun W, Chowdhury R, Chakraborty B. Impact of zinc deficiency on vibrio cholerae enterotoxin-stimulated water and electrolyte transport in animal model. J Health Popul Nutr. 2006:24 (1): 42-47.


Thomas de Hoop, Fakir Md Yunus, Sabeth Munrat, Shelby Fallon, Farzana Sehrin, Joshua Sennett, Siraa Parveen Jolly, Bachera Aktar and Ruhina Binta A Ghani. The Effects of Mainstreaming Nutrition and Early Childhood Development under BRAC’s Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Programme: A Mixed-Methods Impact Evaluation in Bangladesh (2018).


Jolly SP, Chowdhury TR, Quayuum T, Sarwar M, Rahman M. Role of BRAC Maternity and Delivery Centers in urban community for improving maternal and neonatal health. BRAC.  No.70. January 2017. ISSN: 2414-3367.

Jolly SP, Chowdhury AS, Chowdhury TR, Alam A, Rahman S, and Rahman M. Inequity in health services in different areas under the essential healthcare programme of BRAC. BRAC. No.67. August 2016. ISSN: 2414-3367.


Shahed SS, Jolly SP, Khan S, Nandita MM. understanding the challenges to development insights from the baseline findings of integrated development programme in Itna and Khaliajuri. BRAC (Research report No. 52.) January 2018.ISSN: 2523-2685.


Jolly SP. MANOSHI: Community health solution in Bangladesh maternal, neonatal and under-five    children health service indicators in slums of Narayanganj City Corporation- A baseline survey 2012. BRAC. December 2015.