Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://archive.cmb.ac.lk:8080/xmlui/handle/70130/5650
Title: The health and nutritional status of school children in two rural communities in Sri Lanka
Authors: Fernando, S.D
Paranavitane, S. R.
Rajakaruna, J.
Wickramasinghe, S
Keywords: school child
nutritional status
anaemia
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: Blackwell Science Ltd
Citation: Fernando, S. D., Paranavitane, S. R., Rajakaruna, J., Weerasinghe, S., De Silva, D., & Wickremasinghe, A. R. (2000). The health and nutritional status of school children in two rural communities in Sri Lanka. Tropical Medicine & International Health, 5(6), 450-452.
Abstract: There is growing evidence of considerable burden of morbidity and mortality due to infectious diseases and undernutrition in school children. This study describes the nutritional status and parasitic infections of school children in two areas of rural Sri Lanka. All children in four primary schools in the Moneragala district of Sri Lanka were included in the study. The height and weight of children were measured and anthropometric indices calculated. Stool and blood samples were examined for evidence of intestinal helminthiasis, malaria and anaemia. A greater proportion of boys than girls were underweight, wasted and stunted. Over 80% of the children were anaemic but did not apparently have iron deficiency anaemia according to their blood picture. The prevalence of parasitic infections such as hookworm and Plasmodium spp that may contribute to anaemia was low.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/70130/5650
Appears in Collections:Articles (local / International)

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
The_health_and_nutritional_status_of_school_childr.pdf179.04 kBAdobe PDFView/Open


Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.