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Shahidul Haque

In 1991 SARVP brought national attention to the prevalence of Rickets in Chakaria within the Cox’s Bazaar district in Bangladesh. In 1994, a group of French physicians evaluated patients in communities from Chittagong to Moheshkhali and identified rickets in 4.5% of children under the age of 15 years. In 1998, the Institute of Child and Mother Health (ICMH) found in a survey that 8.7% of children in Chittagong division had at least one clinical finding indicative of Rickets; 4% had lower limb deformities suggestive of Rickets; 0.9% had radiological evidence of active rickets; and 2.2% had elevated serum alkaline phosphates levels. In 2004, Helen Keller International (HKI) found the highest prevalence (1.4%) of visible rachitic deformities in 1-15 year old children in the Cox’s Bazaar Upazila in a nationwide survey. More recently, in a survey conducted by SARPV in Gazipur, Cox’s Bazaar and Sunamgonj districts, it was found that the prevalence of Rickets is 1.3%, the highest being in Gazipur - 1.9%