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

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A Study on Health Status of street children of Lucknow

Prattyush Singh 1, Megha Khobragade2, Anil Kumar3

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


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.

Key words: Health status, NGO, Street children

Corresponding Author: Dr Megha P. Khobragade, Department of Epidemiology )   National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi, India. Email:,


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