Health and Nutrition


Factors Affecting Health



Future Challenges



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Leafy and coloured vegetables have become popular with mothers of very young children.







The objectives of the Nutrition Project are to:
  • reduce the proportion of population with urinary iodine levels of less than 10 microgram/dl from 43 per cent in 1999 to 20 per cent in 2005.
  • maintain night blindness prevalence at less than 1 per cent among children under five years up to 2005.
  • reduce night blindness prevalence among lactating women from 2.83 per cent in 1996 to less than 2 per cent in 2005.
  • reduce iron deficiency anaemia prevalence among children under 5 years, adolescents, pregnant women and lactating women from current level by one-third.
  • achieve a significant reduction in the incidence of low birth weight in a pilot upazila as compared with control upazilas in the Bangladesh Integrated Nutrition Project/National Nutrition Project.



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