Publications of Vector Control Center
Shanthi, Ananthakrishnan, S.P Pani, and P Nalini.

School age children (5-15 years) have not received as much attention from health providers/planners as the under fives. In an international workshop at Kentucky, USA in 1994, it was agreed that there was a dearth of information on the health status of school age children from developing countries particularly at the community level(1). In India, several studies have been carried out on the health status of the school age children. These have largely been quantitative and the reported morbidity included malnutrition (10.0-98.0%), dental ailments (4.0-70.0%), worm infestation (2.0-30.0%), skin diseases (5.0-10.0%), eye diseases (4.0-8.0%), and anemia (4.0-15.0%) (2-10). However, data on the community's perception about these morbidities are inadequate. It is now being increasingly recognized that proper understanding of the community's view point of any health problem contributes significantly towards formulating and implementing strategies that improve their health. Therefore, qualitative research methods, which bring out the community's perception of any issue, should from an integral part of investigation of morbidity. With this background, this study was conducted to evaluate the extent and pattern of health status of school age children applying both qualitative and quantitative methods.

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