Rickets in Bangladesh: An Emerging Public-health Nutrition Crisis
Authors: S.K. Roy (email@example.com), 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 ICDDR,B, GPO Box 128, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh, SARPV, 3/8, Block F, Lalmatia, Dhaka 1207, Bangladesh, CARE Bangladesh, Pragati RPR Centre (Level 12), 20-21 Kawran Bazar, Dhaka 1215, Bangladesh, UNICEF, BSL Office Complex, 1 Minto Road, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh, 5National Nutrition Programme, Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Bangladesh,BRAC, Mohakhali, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh, and PLANBangladesh, House CWN (B) 14, Road 35, Gulshan 2, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Objective: Determine the national prevalence of rickets among Bangladeshi children aged 1-15 year(s) and examine its association with their nutritional status.
Results: The national survey showed that the prevalence rate of rachitic children was 0.99%. The mean age of rachitic children was 5.6 years, and the mean weight was 13.89 kg. Radiologically, 24% had active rickets, 34% were in the growing phase of rickets, and 42% were not evident. The prevalence of severe stunting was 53%, severe underweight 40%, and severe wasting 1.4%
programmes to prevent and cure rachitic disability in Bangladesh and terminate the social and humanitarian crisis.
Acknowledgements: The financial support of CARE Bangladesh, UNICEF, and NNP (MoHFW) is acknowledged.