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Nutritional Rickets
in Nigerian Children:
The Way Forward




To present advances in research and treatment of nutritional rickets in Nigeria.


To promote interaction and collaboration among Nigerian and international investigators.


To implement research findings related to treatment and prevention of rickets into clinical practice.


To stimulate further research on nutritional rickets in Nigeria.

Severe leg deformities caused
by nutritional rickets

X-ray of bones affected by rickets

May 4, 2002

One of Tomís responsibilities at the university hospital is to conduct research. His research into the disease of nutritional rickets, a crippling affliction of the bones of children, has contributed to better ways of treating the dis≠ease and provides practical research exposure for Nigerian doctors.

Nutritional rickets, which causes softening of the bones and bending of the legs, afflicts tens of thousands of Nigerian children.  Several teams of researchers in different parts of Nigeria have studied the disease over the last ten years, leading to many exciting new developments in our understanding of rickets in Nigerian children.

Tom recently coordinated a 3-day workshop in Abuja, Nigeria that brought together 25 researchers working on rickets and calcium nutrition in Nigeria. We hope to tackle the problem of rickets on a national level in order to prevent the burden of disability it causes.  International researchers active in the field came from Mayo Clinic, Cambridge, Johannesburg, and The Gambia and contributed immensely to the discussion. This broad-based collection of researchers formed the Working Group on Nutritional Rickets in Nigeria.  The group plans to undertake a national survey to determine the magnitude of the problem of rickets and identify areas where it is prevalent.

We are grateful for your partnership that makes helping Nigerian children possible.

Tom & Rosie Thacher