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Child labour: a public health issue
Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
  • S. A. Gulzar, Aga Khan University
  • Samina Vertejee, Aga Khan University
  • Laila Pirani, Aga Khan University
Publication Date
11-1-2009
Document Type
Article
Abstract
Child labour is a global practice and has many negative outcomes. According to International Labour Organization, child labour is the important source of child exploitation and child abuse in the world today. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has estimated the number of Pakistani working children to be around 11-12 millions, out of which, at least, half the children are under the age of ten years. It portrays the society's attitude towards child care. It is therefore, essential to break this vicious cycle and hence, enable the society to produce healthy citizens. This article analyzes the determinants of child labour in the Pakistani context and its implications for child's life, in specific, and for the nation, in general, utilizing the model developed by Clemen-stone & McGuire (1991). Since this practice has complex web of causation, a multidisciplinary approach is required to combat this issue through proposed recommendations.
Citation Information
S. A. Gulzar, Samina Vertejee and Laila Pirani. "Child labour: a public health issue" Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association Vol. 59 Iss. 11 (2009) p. 778 - 81
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/samina_vertejee/4/