New newspaper article:
November 20, 2005

M Showkat Gani and Fazlul Karim published an article on rickets and BRAC`s research on its prevalence assessment in the Daily Star, Vol. 5, Issue 527 dated November 20, 2005.

Rickets is a crippling disease of growing children. The symptoms of rickets are emerged with the growth of children. Rickets can develop as early as 6 months of age. Vitamin D deficiency is the primary cause of the disease. The typical negative impacts of the disease are retarded physical growth and skeletal deformities due to a disorder in bone calcification.

Rickets has emerged as a serious public health problem in some areas of Bangladesh. The primary cause of rickets in Bangladesh may be something else than vitamin D deficiency, since the children are sufficiently exposed to sunlight that helps produce vitamin D in the body. Studies carried out in the Chakaria, the southeastern area of Bangladesh, suggested a food system with lower level of biologically available calcium could be the primary cause of rickets.

In response to the situation, BRAC in 1999, in collaboration with Bangladesh Rickets Prevention Consortium (BRPC), conducted a community-based rapid prevalence assessment of rachitic leg among 25,891 children/adolescents aged 1-20 years in Cox`s Bazaar District and found visible rachitic leg signs among 490 children.


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