Study on factors determining health status of waste pickers at Dhaka city-corporation

DOI: https://doi.org/10.47648/zhswmcj.2020.v0102.01

Saizuddin Kabir1 , Shila Rani Das2 , Shaidul Hasan3 , Nadia Begum4 , Sultana Begum5 , Meheruba Afrin6

Abstract

This was a cross sectional descriptive study conducted to assess Health Status of Waste pickers collecting waste from private waste bins or dumpsters along streets & some landfill sites of Dhaka City Corporation using a semistructured questionnaire employing purposive sampling technique with a sample size of 200 by face to face interview from January to December 2018. Most of the respondents (45%) belonged to age group within 20 to 30 years of age and 55% were male. About 45% of respondents completed primary education and half of the respondents got married and three fourth of respondents absolutely depended on waste pickings and only 28% have other sources of income where 20% had monthly income less than 3000 taka. Three fourth of respondents lived in hut in a slum area and used kacha latrine. Almost all were used supply water for consumption and More than half of the respondents (119, 59.4%) suffered from injury. There is therefore a need to facilitate improvement in their working conditions and raise awareness on their health status.


  1. Professor and Principal

    Z H Sikder Women’s Medical College, Dhaka

  2. Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine

    Z H Sikder Women’s Medical College, Dhaka

  3. MPH Student

    National institute of Preventive and Social Medicine, Dhaka

  4. Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine,

    Z H Sikder Women’s Medical College, Dhaka

  5. Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine

    Z H Sikder Women’s Medical College, Dhaka

  6. Assistant Professor Department of Community Medicine

    Z H Sikder Women’s Medical College, Dhaka


Volume 1, Number 2, July 2019
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