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Rickets among children of a coastal area of Bangladesh.


Many children with rachitic deformities have been reported in southern coastal area of Bangladesh but the actual rate of prevalence was not known. A survey was conducted to determine the magnitude of rachitic problem among the children of Chakaria thana of Cox's Bazar district of Bangladesh. Nine hundred children between 1-15 years selected randomly from 30 villages of total 340 villages. Face to face interview of the parents was taken and the children were examined for evidences of rickets. Serum calcium, phosphorus, alkaline phosphatase (ALP) were estimated and radiology of limbs were done in all clinically suspected cases and in a control of every eighth child. Seventy...

Preventing bone disorders through better nutrition in Bangladesh

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, 19 October 2009 – Five-year-old Jasmeen suffers from rickets – a preventable disorder caused by malnutrition which manifests as a softening of the bones. Her legs are severely deformed and bowed.


Rickets in Bangladesh: An Emerging Public-health Nutrition Crisis

Rickets in Bangladesh: An Emerging Public-health Nutrition Crisis

Authors: S.K. Roy ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Rubhana Rakib, Nurul Alam, Mohammad Iqbal, Abbas Bhuiya, Mansura Khanam, Afroza Begum, Md. Fahim Hasan Ibne-e-Khair, Anik Podder, Shahidul Haque, H.K. Das, Mohosin Ali, Josephine Ippe, Tahmina Talukder, M. Chowdhury, and T.M. Alamgir Azad

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Scientists look at high rate of rickets among children in Bangladesh

Cornell nutritionists and agronomists returned Oct. 20 from the Chakaria area of Bangladesh, where they have been investigating why the disease rickets has been found in such a sunny place.

Rickets, a debilitating disease affecting bone growth and resulting in gross deformities, is usually associated with a lack of sunlight. However, in this case the Cornell scientists believe that the calcium deficiency among children in that region of Bangladesh is somehow exacerbated by either soil or water conditions, or poor nutrition, or all of the above.

Characterized by flaring of lower ribs, pigeon-shaped chest, delayed teeth, widening wrists, malformed ankles or knees, the disease also...

Rickets In Bangladesh: Rapid Assessment of Tribal Communities

In an attempt to understand the potential cause of rickets in Bangladesh, SARPV conducted a study of 70 households. The results show that diet, food preparation, sunlight exposure and breastfeeding are all major possibilities

A quick rapid assessment survey was conducted on 35 households in the ethnic groups and 35-house hold in the plain land to see the prevalence of Rickets in the tribal community. In a previous study, we have found rickets children in the plain land household.

This 35 household of the tribe has been selected randomly from two district and 7 villages and rest 35 household of the plain land has been selected nearest plain land...

Over half a million children could have rickets

DHAKA,  More than half a million children in Bangladesh could be suffering from rickets, a debilitating disease associated with poor nutrition and lack of sunlight, according to a recent survey.

The National Rickets Survey 2008 based its estimate on its finding that 197 out of 20,000 children (0.99 percent) had rickets.

The survey, the first of its kind in Bangladesh, estimated that 550,000 children aged 1-15...


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