STUDY OF ASSOCIATION BETWEEN HEALTH PROBLEMS AND LIVING SITUATION OF STREET CHILDREN IN URBAN SINDH, PAKISTAN

Dr. Ameer A. Abro, Dr. Fateh M. Burfat, Dr. Ghulam M. Burfat, Dr. Gul M. Baloch

Abstract


The general objective of the study is to provide information about living situation of street children and related health issues, and also to make recommendations  to  help  policymakers  for  formulation  of  child  friendly policies  in  country.  Both  qualitative  method  of  data  collection,  through  an interview schedule for street children and Qualitative method of data collection through focus group discussion used in this study, total 400 respondents  were  interviewed  most  of  the  questions  were related with their  living  situations and health issues and Five different FGD’s were conducted with different stakeholders. Almost 31.8% street children were suffering  from  diseases  since  las  five  years  and  29.5%  were  in  weak health,  allergies  were  common  health  problems  among them but a large number  was  not  known to allergic diseases 40.3% was have view that they are not suffering from any allergy. Large number of street children was go back to their homes in night time but living and working situations at day time were exposing to health problems. They have different modes of sexual satisfaction, 2.8% practiced masturbation, 8.8% have opposite sex enjoyment practices, 20.0% were homosexual, 1.0% has Bestiality practices and 67% did not give any response.

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