Parasitic infections and storage iron deficiency in children in improverished regions of Mauritius

  • Seewoosunkur Gopaul

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Using a combination of techniques including relative deprivation index developed by the Government, school performance, household survey and drawing of lots, a sample frame constituting of poverty areas of Mauritius was constructed and four test areas identified.
Relevant haematological, parasitological and biochemical parameters of all school-going children living in the four test areas were determined so as to study the possibility of correlation between parasitic infections, plasma ferritin, haemoglobin concentration, white blood cells count, packed cells volume and blood group.
It was found that there is a negative correlation between the number of parasites and haemoglobin concentration, packed cells volume of blood and degree of infestation, number of parasites and ferritin and number of parasites and age of subject.
It has also been found that, children with blood group 'A' and blood group '0' tend to harbour the most parasites.
As regards to storage iron depletion, this is significant only with hookworm
infestation. Additionally it has been noted that hookworm infestation is directly related to age contrary to other parasitic infestations.
Date of AwardNov 1999
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorPeter Lambert (Supervisor) & Suress Bhagwant (Supervisor)


  • children
  • poverty
  • parasites
  • iron deficiency
  • blood group

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