Malnutrition, Anemia Among Rohingya Children in Bangladesh Refugee Camp



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Bottom Line: The pervasiveness of malnutrition and anemia among Rohingya children in a refugee camp in Bangladesh exceeds emergency thresholds.

Why the Research Is Interesting: Nearly 700,000 ethnic minority Rohingya people crossed the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh after violence escalated in Rakhine State in Myanmar in August 2017. They joined an estimated 200,000 who had fled in earlier waves since the 1990s. The populations of two refugee camps and surrounding makeshift settlements have more than doubled and concerns have been raised about the nutritional status of the Rohingya children.

Who and When: 269 children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years in the Kutupalong refugee camp in October 2017

What (Study Measures): Weight-for-height and height-for-age scores were calculated to assess malnutrition; anemia screening also was done

How (Study Design): This was a population-representative survey.

Authors: Eva Leidman, M.S.P.H., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, and coauthors


Study Limitations: A small sample size was used to provide rapid results in the context of an emergency; nutritional outcomes may differ in other refugee camps.

Study Conclusions: The pervasiveness of global acute malnutrition and anemia exceeded emergency thresholds of 15 percent and 40 percent, respectively, in a sample of Rohingya children in the Kutupalong refugee camp.

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(doi:10.1001/jama.2018. 2405)

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Translation in Simplified Chinese


禁止提前报道指令解除时间:2018410 星期二,东部时间上午11


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概要: 根据《美国医学会杂志》(JAMA)发表的研究显示,孟加拉国难民营的罗兴亚儿童患营养不良和贫血的普遍程度超过了紧急门槛。


为何对该问题感兴趣:2017年8月缅甸若开邦暴力升级后,近700,000罗兴亚族人越过了缅甸与孟加拉国之间的边界。他们加入了早些时候自90年代以来逃离的大约20万人。 两个难民营和周围临时住区的人口增加了一倍多,而罗辛亚儿童的营养状况也令人担忧。




研究什么(研究内容):计算“基于身高的体重”和“基于年龄的身高”以评估营养不良情况; 贫血筛查也已完成。




作者:Eva Leidman, M.S.P.H., 疾病控制和预防中心,亚特兰大,以及共同作者




整体急性营养不良 24.3%
严重急性营养不良 7.5%
慢性营养不良 43.4%
贫血 47.9%


研究局限:在紧急情况下使用了小样本量以提供快速结果; 其他难民营的营养情况可能会有所不同。




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