Recommendations for water supply in arsenic mitigation: A case study from Bangladesh

B. A. Hoque, A. A. Mahmood, M. Quadiruzzaman, Firoz Khan, S. A. Ahmed, Sakam Shafique, M. Rahman, G. Morshed, T. Chowdhury, M. M. Rahman, F. H. Khan, M. Shahjahan, M. Begum, M. M. Hoque

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Abstract

Arsenic problems have been observed in several countries around the world. The challenges of arsenic mitigation are more difficult for developing and poor countries due to resource and other limitations. Bangladesh is experiencing the worst arsenic problem in the world, as about 30 million people are possibly drinking arsenic contaminated water. Lack of knowledge has hampered the mitigation initiatives. This paper presents experience gained during an action research on water supply in arsenic mitigation in rural Singair, Bangladesh. The mitigation has been implemented there through integrated research and development of appropriate water supply options and its use through community participation. Political leaders and women played key roles in the success of the mitigation. More than one option for safe water has been developed and/or identified. The main recommendations include: integration of screening of tubewells and supply of safe water, research on technological and social aspects, community, women and local government participation, education and training of all stakeholders, immediate and appropriate use of the available knowledge, links between intermediate/immediate and long term investment, effective coordination and immediate attention by health, nutrition, agriculture, education, and other programs to this arsenic issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)488-494
Number of pages7
JournalPublic Health
Volume114
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Arsenic contaminations
  • Bangladesh
  • Community
  • Cost sharing
  • Participation
  • Political leaders
  • Water supply
  • Women

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  • Health(social science)

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Hoque, B. A., Mahmood, A. A., Quadiruzzaman, M., Khan, F., Ahmed, S. A., Shafique, S., ... Hoque, M. M. (2000). Recommendations for water supply in arsenic mitigation: A case study from Bangladesh. Public Health, 114(6), 488-494.

Recommendations for water supply in arsenic mitigation : A case study from Bangladesh. / Hoque, B. A.; Mahmood, A. A.; Quadiruzzaman, M.; Khan, Firoz; Ahmed, S. A.; Shafique, Sakam; Rahman, M.; Morshed, G.; Chowdhury, T.; Rahman, M. M.; Khan, F. H.; Shahjahan, M.; Begum, M.; Hoque, M. M.

In: Public Health, Vol. 114, No. 6, 2000, p. 488-494.

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Hoque, BA, Mahmood, AA, Quadiruzzaman, M, Khan, F, Ahmed, SA, Shafique, S, Rahman, M, Morshed, G, Chowdhury, T, Rahman, MM, Khan, FH, Shahjahan, M, Begum, M & Hoque, MM 2000, 'Recommendations for water supply in arsenic mitigation: A case study from Bangladesh', Public Health, vol. 114, no. 6, pp. 488-494.
Hoque BA, Mahmood AA, Quadiruzzaman M, Khan F, Ahmed SA, Shafique S et al. Recommendations for water supply in arsenic mitigation: A case study from Bangladesh. Public Health. 2000;114(6):488-494.
Hoque, B. A. ; Mahmood, A. A. ; Quadiruzzaman, M. ; Khan, Firoz ; Ahmed, S. A. ; Shafique, Sakam ; Rahman, M. ; Morshed, G. ; Chowdhury, T. ; Rahman, M. M. ; Khan, F. H. ; Shahjahan, M. ; Begum, M. ; Hoque, M. M. / Recommendations for water supply in arsenic mitigation : A case study from Bangladesh. In: Public Health. 2000 ; Vol. 114, No. 6. pp. 488-494.
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