Aparajita Dasgupta

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BACKGROUND Menstruation and menstrual practices are still clouded by taboos and socio-cultural restrictions resulting in adolescent girls remaining ignorant of the scientific facts and hygienic health practices, which sometimes result into adverse health outcomes. OBJECTIVES (i) To elicit the beliefs, conception and source of information regarding(More)
BACKGROUND There are many wrong practices and perceptions of Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) prevalent among different socio-demographic groups. AIM To observe IYCF perceptions and practices among mothers in a rural area of West Bengal. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Clinic-based cross-sectional descriptive study by interviewing mothers of 0-23 month old(More)
The study examines the role of the largest public works program in the world-the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS)-in buffering the negative effects of early childhood exposure to rainfall shocks on long-term health outcomes. Exploiting the spatial and temporal variation in NREGS coverage, the study estimates the extent to which nutritional(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) are a vulnerable population and need special attention in the fight against the global pandemic of HIV/AIDS. A study was conducted in an MSM clinic to find out to their varied socio-demographic characteristics, their knowledge and attitude towards HIV/AIDS, and its association with their different(More)
BACKGROUND Majority of the health problems affecting school children are preventable by promotion of hygienic practices through proper health education by the teachers, who are the first contacts. OBJECTIVES The study was undertaken to find out the status of nutrition and personal hygiene among primary school children and their association with their(More)
BACKGROUND Use of tobacco, alcohol, and other substances is a worldwide problem and affects many adolescents. OBJECTIVE (1) To find out the magnitude of licit and illicit substance use among students; and (2) to find out the association between socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of the students and habits of use. MATERIALS AND METHODS This(More)