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Study on Prevalence of Autism in Rural Bangladesh has started

FullSizeRender (1)The term of Autism means a developmental disorder which is characterized by impaired social interaction and communication. A genetic infiltration or environment factors may cause Autism in children. It has been estimated that 1% of world population suffered from Autism which can be explained as a life-long neurodevelopment condition interfering with the person’s ability to communicate and relate to others. Therefore, Autism is now a days a global health disease which is still undermined in many countries. In Bangladesh, Autism is one of the most priority health issue for the government. Recently, Directorate General of Health Services in collaboration with Institute of Paediatric Neurodisorder & Autism (IPNA) of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) take initiative to identify prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder in rural Bangladesh. CIPRB is pleased to provide technical support to IPNA in conducting the research. On 21 April, a group of field level research workers received a daylong training on primary screening data collection at the CIPRB research laboratory in Raiganj, Sirajganj. Dr Animesh Biswas, Senior Scientist of CIPRB and Mr. Sufian, Child development therapist of IPNA facilitated the training session. The study will cover six unions of the Raiganj upazila to identify autism prevalence of children aged between 18 months to 36 months.

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