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Researchers examined the children during door-to-door visits in 85 areas selected at random from 30 districts of the country.

The number of young children suffering from autism in Bangladesh is almost twice as high in towns and cities as in rural areas, a survey has found.

Researchers at the Institute of Paediatric Neuro-disorder and Autism (IPNA) of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) examined 38,440 children between 16 and 30 months from May to November 2017, and found that 17 in every 10,000 had the condition.

The rural prevalence was 14 per 10,000, whereas 25 children per 10,000 were diagnosed in urban areas.

Researchers examined the children during door-to-door visits in 85 areas selected at random from 30 districts of the country.

The resulting “Nationwide Survey on Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Bangladesh 2017” was unveiled by the IPNA at BSMMU auditorium in Dhaka on Thursday.

The university’s vice-chancellor (VC), Prof Dr Kanak Kanti Barua said the IPNA and BSMMU were on hand to support the affected children.

“(We) will always be ready to give proper services for children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders,” the said.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 160 children of all ages worldwide has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

ASD refers to a range of conditions characterised by some degree of impaired social behaviour, communication and language.

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