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Nutritional situation of Dhaka.
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PMID:  1342759     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The paper presents the nutritional situation of Dhaka. Dhaka is the capital city of Bangladesh with an area of 414 square Km. The population size of Dhaka city is about 7 millions of which nearly 3 millions live in the slums. Socio-economic and socio-cultural situation has been discussed. In the pre-school children, protein-energy malnutrition (PEM) appeared to be a serious problems. A high rate of advanced vitamin A deficiency along with severe PEM has been demonstrated. A recent survey showed that slum children below five years of age had higher prevalence of acute (11%) and chronic (50%) malnutrition. This paper also discussed the nutritional status of school children and pregnant women. A national nutrition survey revealed that average energy intake by the industrial laborers was only 74% of the daily requirement. To date no data is available on the nutritional situation of the adolescent and elderly people. Poverty, lack of knowledge, illnesses, lack of sufficient services and socio-cultural barriers are the major causes of nutritional problem. There are several Government and Non-Government organizations in Dhaka city working for improving community health and nutritional status through a number of interventions; such as health and nutrition education, vitamin A capsule distribution, immunization, growth monitoring and feeding through rehabilitation centers. A positive impact of vitamin A oral dosing has been demonstrated and improved nutritional status by nutrition education and feeding through the centers have been reported. Community participation and sustainability of the program have also been discussed.
F Ahmed
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Southeast Asian journal of tropical medicine and public health     Volume:  23 Suppl 3     ISSN:  0125-1562     ISO Abbreviation:  Southeast Asian J. Trop. Med. Public Health     Publication Date:  1992  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-02-16     Completed Date:  1994-02-16     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0266303     Medline TA:  Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health     Country:  THAILAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  59-64     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Nutrition and Food Science University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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MeSH Terms
Bangladesh / epidemiology
Breast Feeding
Child, Preschool
Cross-Sectional Studies
Developing Countries*
Infant, Newborn
Nutrition Disorders / epidemiology*,  prevention & control
Nutritional Sciences / education
Poverty / statistics & numerical data
Protein-Energy Malnutrition / epidemiology,  prevention & control
Urban Population / statistics & numerical data*
Vitamin A Deficiency / epidemiology,  prevention & control

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