International Journal of Home Science
2022, VOL. 8 ISSUE 2, PART A
Sanitation practices & health issues in street children in urban area
Author(s): Rashmi Kumari and Dr. Mridula Bharti
All children have the right to survive and thrive. Yet, children and adolescents still face significant challenges surviving past infancy and developing to their full potential. More than half of these early child deaths were due to conditions that could be prevented or treated with access to simple, affordable interventions. Leading causes of death in the world in under-five children are pneumonia, diarrhea and malnutrition. About one-third of all deaths of children are linked to malnutrition. Many of street children suffering from repeated diarrhea, worm infestation, skin infections and chronically challenged immune system as a result of their unsanitary surroundings. The effect can be long term and may include both physical & mental stunting. Lack access to adequate and affordable basic water supply and sanitation services, lack adequate housing and have limited or no access to other basic sanitary infrastructure and services such as solid waste, drainage, street lighting, roads and toilet facilities. Poverty is one of the main reasons for the poor sanitation and affects health standards of the urban poor. The urban slums are very compact and scanty in resource utilizing and allocation. There are lack of awareness about hygiene & sanitation in street children. There have no services provided by government due to they don’t have any id proof or permanent living place. Water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) investments are widely seen as essential for improving health in early childhood. Many health care & nutrition program are being run by government for street children should also benefit from all programs. Awareness programs should be conducted for sanitation practices.
How to cite this article:
Rashmi Kumari, Dr. Mridula Bharti. Sanitation practices & health issues in street children in urban area. Int J Home Sci 2022;8(2):29-33.