Integrated Community Based Arsenic Mitigation Project, Bangladesh
European Commission. (75% contribution)
Katholische Zentralstelle fur Entwicklungshilfe e.V (Misereor Contribution 25%)
1st January 2010 to 31st December 2012
# The general objective of the project is to improve the overall quality of the arsenic groundwater affected communities.
# Arsenic contamination is declared as the national problem in the early 90’s. Due to illiteracy, superstitions and lack of proper information in government and non-government level, the arsenic problem is still a serious crisis at certain rural areas of Bangladesh. It is believed by many rural communities that Arsenic poisoning is a curse of nature or a contagious disease. In most cases the affected people and families are so poor that they cannot even afford to acquire adequate medicines or nutritious food.
# Specific objective of the project is to mitigate the health hazards cause by arsenic groundwater through an integrated approach towards awareness, capacity building and preventive measures.
# From the background of the above given context it can be stated that Arsenic mitigation effort can not be successful unless the problem is addressed in a holistic manner with an active involvement of a wide range of stakeholders ranging from local communities to government bodies including an active participation of the affected communities.
# The project has focused on poverty reduction through escalating the capacity of the communities at different levels to help them. At the same time it provides alternative safe sources of drinking water and assists arsenic affected patients to get appropriate medical treatment ( in close collaboration with government health facilities ) and to regain their economic status.
# Awareness of diseases caused by arsenic contamination is improved. Adequate basic diagnosis and patient support services are in place, complementary to governmental services.
# Alternative safe arsenic free technologies are identified; sufficient safe water options are installed with full operation.
# Local NGOs, authorities and health institutions are trained and enabled to combat the problem of arsenic contamination efficiently.
# The learning and experience of the project are disseminated to relevant regional as well as national stakeholders (policy).