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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 28-30

A study on health status of street children of lucknow

1 MPH scholar, National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi, India
2 Deputy Director, National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi, India
3 HOD Epidemiology, National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Megha Khobragade
Department of Epidemiology ) National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2321-7006.302604

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The number of street children worldwide is estimated to be between 100 million and one billion. Street children are exposed to a number of health problems. Present study is a cross sectional study carried out among street children enrolled with NGO Suvidha, Lucknow from July 2012 – November 2012 to study the common physical health problems among the street children. All the 64 children of age 10-15 years meeting the operational definition and enrolled with NGO- within 7 days were included in the study. Majority (46.87%) had common cold followed by hearing difficulties in 28.12%. On clinical examination, it was found that 22(34.3%) had pallor, 10(15.6%) had lymphadenopathy. Out of 64 only 9 street children had taken any medication in the last 3 month & 58 did not visit to any for health checkup. Thus we can say that majority of street children are not healthy. There is a need for community mobilization, advocacy & sensitizing about issues pertaining street children.

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