Occupational injury in rural Bangladesh: Data gathering using household survey

Hugh Davies, Tracy Pérez Koehlmoos, Midori N. Courtice, S. K. Akhtar Ahmad

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Occupational injuries are estimated to cause over 300,000 deaths per year worldwide. Many low-and middle-income countries often lack effective injury surveillance systems. We attempted to utilize household surveys to collect occupational injury data to develop more accurate injury incidence data. We undertook a pilot study of this approach in the rural area of Mirsarai, Bangladesh. Surveys were administered to 2,017 males and 120 females. Sixty-five percent were self-employed and over 80% worked in work places with less than six employees; over 60% worked seven days per week. Just over 50% of subjects reported at least one injury at work in the prior year. Incidence of lost-time injuries was 31%. The median number of work days lost was 7. The injury rates were higher than ILO estimates for Bangladesh, perhaps because of our study's focus on a rural population. We recommend expanding to larger and a more representative sample of the Bangladesh working community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-222
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Bangladesh
  • Household demographic study
  • Occupational injury
  • Surveillance


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