Skip to main content

The health and nutritional status of school children in two rural communities in Sri Lanka

Buy Article:

$51.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)


SummaryThere is growing evidence of considerable burden of morbidity and mortality due to infectious diseases and undernutrition in school children. This study describes the nutritional status and parasitic infections of school children in two areas of rural Sri Lanka. All children in four primary schools in the Moneragala district of Sri Lanka were included in the study. The height and weight of children were measured and anthropometric indices calculated. Stool and blood samples were examined for evidence of intestinal helminthiasis, malaria and anaemia. A greater proportion of boys than girls were underweight, wasted and stunted. Over 80% of the children were anaemic but did not apparently have iron deficiency anaemia according to their blood picture. The prevalence of parasitic infections such as hookworm and Plasmodium spp that may contribute to anaemia was low.

Keywords: anaemia; nutritional status; school child

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Malaria Research Unit, Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo, Sri Lanka 2: Family Physician, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka 3: Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Publication date: June 1, 2000

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more