Salina shelly

Salina shelly

Chief Dietitian and Nutrition Consultant. PhD, MPH ,MS, (Food and Nutrition) Chief Nutritionist at Asgar Ali Hospital

Title: Malnutrition and its underlying causes among vulnerable populations living in the Makeshift site and in the host communities in Bangladesh Refugee camp


Dr.Salina Shelly is one of the most well renowned Dietician in Bangladesh, who had the privilege to serve some renowned celebrities and VVIP personnel of Dhaka City. She is a well presented, self motivated and confident Chief Nutritionist with 12 years experience in the field of clinical Nutrition and Dietetics. Having a proven track record of successfully promoting healthy eating habits to communities and suggest diet modifications to individuals. Dr.Salina Shelly has completed her PhD in 2016 from Victoria University. She also obtained her MPH, M.S. and B.Sc. in Nutrition & Food Science from University of Dhaka in 2010, 2005 and 2004 respectively. Her professional experience started in  Apollo Hospitals Dhaka as Senior Dietician from  March 2005 to November 2009. Afterwards she joined to Khwaja Yunus Ali Medical college and Hospital, Gastro Liver Hospital (now BRB Hospital) & Research Institute Ltd. as a Chief Dietitian and Head of Dietetics Department.


Acute and chronic malnutrition are associated with disease and death. Prevalence of malnutrition is positively correlated with children’s mortality rates in refugee camp (Kutupalong,Cox’s Bazar-Bangladesh). Children under 5 year  have the highest death rates of all refugee. It is thought that malnutrition related morbidity &mortality is preventable. Assessment of nutritional status with anthropometry is practical and acceptable on an international level. Further more research suggested that the ability to monitor a population over time helps identify the effectiveness of nutrition interventions. Baseline prevalence data and monitoring malnutrition are necessary to evaluated and implement adequate programme support to Myanmar refugees children’s in Bangladesh

An estimated a quarter of million refugee have been forced to flee Myanmar due to conflict and burning of villages without basic essentials. Nearly 340,000 Rohingya children are living in squalid conditions in Bangladesh camps where they lack enough food, clean water and health care facilities. Desperate living conditions and waterborne diseases are threatening for children’s  6 to 59 month. High levels of severe acute malnutrition among young children have been found in the camps. It is estimates, one in every five children under the age of five is suffering from acute malnutrition and about 14,500 suffer severe acute malnutrition.

Bangladesh is a developing country with huge population. It is very difficult to host this Rohingya population for a country like Bangladesh. As a result, Rohingyas and their children are not having basic rights to live their livelihood.

At the cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh refugees camps nutrition assessment are not conducted regularly ,how ever health agencies provide monthly growth monitoring . Acute and chronic malnutrition is very high in the largest  population in the new settlement cox’s bazar refugee camp.