Children In most years, dengue fever is uncommon on

Children growing up in slums experience a childhood that often defies the imagination of both the ‘innocent childhood’ proponents and the ‘universal childhood’ advocates. Kitts and Nevis in early 2014, causing 22 confirmed cases by the end of May. Kitts and Nevis. Since a major focus of the Hope Project’s admirable work was on health and education, I looked up the data on child health as recorded in the outpatient registers of the paediatric unit. St. The administrative and commercial capital, Basseterre, is located on St. The Federation is divided into a total of 14 parishes, 9 of which are on St. There is no treatment or vaccine. Some years ago I spent a year working closely with and observing children in Nizamuddin Basti, an 800-year-old historic settlement in the heart of central New Delhi best known for its famous Sufi shrine, the Nizamuddin Dargah. In most years, dengue fever is uncommon on St. Kitts in December 2008, causing more than 20 cases. The most common childhood diseases reported at the Hope Project are respiratory diseases, diarrhoea, gastritis, intestinal worms, anaemia, scabies, and ringworm. The parked rickshaws, vending carts, cars and bikes all served as play props in the streets. new migrants, regional origin, language and customs, and professions). An adverse living environment characterised by overcrowding, lack of ventilation in homes, and inadequate sanitation, water supply and water storage facilities no doubt contributes to the childhood diseases reported. Kitts and Nevis in early 2014, causing 22 confirmed cases by the end of May. Girls as young as 5 carried infants and toddlers on their hip and moved around freely in the narrow pedestrian bylanes of the village, visiting shops for sweets and the houses of friends down the street. Christopher and Nevis (St. An outbreak of dengue fever, a flu-like illness which may be complicated by hemorrhage or shock, was reported from St. I too had noticed that during my year-long observation in the Basti. But that does not mean that these children have no childhood, only a different kind of childhood that sees them playing on rough, uneven ground, taking on multiple roles in everyday life, and sharing responsibilities with adults in domestic and public spaces in the community. Only four cases were reported in 2004, and none for the first half of 2005. As soon as they could walk, children could be seen outdoors walking around mostly barefoot, climbing on debris and petting goats that freely roamed around. However, despite a largely unplanned physical environment, with debris and garbage generously strewn around, very few serious injuries occur in the public domain. Kitts and Nevis) is located in the Leeward Islands chain of the Lesser Antilles. For common ailments the majority of households visit the Hope Dispensary, with the next most commonly visited medical facilities being private doctors and government hospitals and dispensaries (Prerana, 2007). Symptoms of chikungunya fever include fever, joint pains, muscle aches, headache, and rash. These precincts were first delineated by children who worked with the local NGO, the Hope Project, in a community mapping exercise; the ngo is using the map to develop strategies for the different precincts of the Basti, given the different profiles of their residents (long-term residents vs. Rarely, the infection is complicated by meningoencephalitis, which is usually seen in newborns and those with pre-existing medical conditions. Edit Comment Save Cancel DeleteThe Federation of St. Infants reach out of these holes in the wall and interact with passers-by. Only four cases were reported in 2004, and none for the first half of 2005. In most years, dengue fever is uncommon on St. The disease is almost never fatal, but may be complicated by protracted fatigue and malaise. Recent outbreaks An outbreak of chikungunya fever, a mosquito-borne illness characterized by fever and incapacitating joint pains, were reported from St. Children were to be seen everywhere as one entered the Basti. The islands are almost fully composed of volcanic rock and are located in the hurricane belt, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. A predominantly Muslim community, Nizamuddin Basti and its slums together comprise ten notional precincts. Rarely, the infection is complicated by meningoencephalitis, which is usually seen in newborns and those with pre-existing medical conditions. The Basti is now considered an urban village with a historic core and layers of slums on its periphery. In fact, the only accident I witnessed involved play equipment provided by the government in front of the municipal school. When dengue outbreaks occur, insect protection measures are advised. The Basti has an approximate population of 15,000, based on the counting done by the Hope Project 3 years ago. Just over 5000 children aged under 14 years live in the Basti. Because of the risk of mother-to-child transmission, pregnant women need to take special care to protect themselves from mosquito bites. The slums typically lack proper sanitation, safe drinking water, or systematic garbage collection; there is usually a severe shortage of space inside the houses where the children live, and no public spaces dedicated to their use. For further details on the outbreak, go to ProMED-mail. They played in the parks that wrapped the Basti on the western side to hide it from the gaze of the city. The disease is almost never fatal, but may be complicated by protracted fatigue and malaise. Revisions Version User User Relationship Date +/- Chars Edit Comment Recent outbreaks An outbreak of chikungunya fever, a mosquito-borne illness characterized by fever and incapacitating joint pains, were reported from St. Kitts and 5 on Nevis. Kitts and occupies an area of 93 km2. They played on the rough ground and vacant lots dotted with graves, in the open spaces in the centre where garbage was manually sorted. An outbreak of dengue fever, a flu-like illness which may be complicated by hemorrhage or shock, was reported from St. When dengue outbreaks occur, insect protection measures are advised. Only a few superficial cuts were reported. Many houses open out directly onto the street through a doorway that often is nothing more than a 5-foot-high opening in a wall. Kitts is the larger and more populated island, with a total area of 168 km2. There is no treatment or vaccine. This internationally renowned spiritual centre is also a prominent cultural and philanthropic institution for the community and the city. Dengue fever is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, which bite primarily in the daytime and favor densely populated areas, though they also inhabit rural environments. Dengue fever is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, which bite primarily in the daytime and favor densely populated areas, though they also inhabit rural environments. For background information, go to the Chikungunya Fever Fact Sheet on the CDC website. Kitts in December 2008, causing more than 20 cases. Nevis lies southeast of St. Symptoms of chikungunya fever include fever, joint pains, muscle aches, headache, and rash. For background information, go to the Chikungunya Fever Fact Sheet on the CDC website. Kitts and Nevis.