Prevalence of multiple nutritional deficiencies among the street children of Khammam City of Telangana State


  • Aditya Suryabhan Berad Associate Professor, Mamata Medical College, Khammam
  • Ravi Kumar BP Professor and Head, Department of Community Medicine, Mamata Medical College, Khammam
  • Sampat Momula Researcher, Mamata Medical College, Khammam



Street children, multiple nutritional deficiencies


Background: To study the nutritional status of the street children in Khammam city.

Methods: Type of study: A prospective and descriptive study. Study Population: All the street children in the city who are less than 18 years of age. 3 Sample size: out of total 384 street children in the city, 250 were included in the study. Selection criteria: Children in different age groups of both sexes were selected. Data regarding nutritional and health status was collected by using pretested structured questionnaire after obtaining proper consent.

Results: A total of 250 street children were interviewed. Out of total 250 children included in the study 162 (68.4%) were undernourished (BMI< 18.5).157 (62.8%) were suffering from nutritional anaemia. 38 (15.2%) children had various symptoms of Vitamin A deficiency.( Night blindness 8%, conjunctival xerosis 1.2%, Bitots spots 6%).A total of 62 (24.7%) children had various symptoms of group B vitamins deficiencies.

Conclusion: There is an urgent need of coordination among development agents working for the rights of street children and information sharing among all stakeholders to enhance implementation strategies.


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How to Cite

Berad, A. S., BP, R. K., & Momula, S. (2017). Prevalence of multiple nutritional deficiencies among the street children of Khammam City of Telangana State. International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, 3(6), 1405–1407.



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