Child-centered approach to prevent disability: An empirical study in the country area of Bangladesh
Author(s): Md Shahidul Haque and Monwara Khatun Asha
Abstract: Malnutrition is a common problem where the prevalence of malnutrition and other vulnerabilities is very high in Bangladesh as well as other low and middle-income countries. Among the vulnerabilities, Rickets is a common bone disorder where bones soften and become prone to fractures and deformity. It is a childhood disorder and rare in industrialized nations but relatively common in some developing countries. Rickets is a significant public health problem in Bangladesh for the past two decades, with up to 8% of children clinically affected in some areas. Rickets was identified in 1991 by workers from Social Assistance and Rehabilitation of the Physically Vulnerable (SARPV) after a devastating cyclone. A survey was conducted in a village, and approximately 1% of children had rachitic deformities. A collaborative assessment revealed that Rickets was more common than suspected in Chakaria; it was not generally associated with vitamin D deficiency but was related to dietary calcium insufficiency. Insufficiency of dietary Calcium is the underlying cause, and treatment with Calcium (350–1,000 mg elemental calcium daily) is curative. Despite this simple treatment, very little is known about the proper management of affected children's bone deformities, and further studies are needed to determine the treatment and specific intervention. For this purpose, a subtle assessment of a child-centered approach to preventing disability is the foremost priority.
Md Shahidul Haque, Monwara Khatun Asha. Child-centered approach to prevent disability: An empirical study in the country area of Bangladesh. Int J Adv Acad Stud 2021;3(3):120-129. DOI: 10.33545/27068919.2021.v3.i3b.589