The problem at a glance
Contamination of groundwaters with arsenic poses a major health risk around the world, but it is in Bangladesh that the worst mass poisoning in history is taking place. Millions of rural poor are drinking water containing high levels of arsenic. Although the problem has long been recognised, little has been achieved to resolve it. Among the few projects that are being implemented, even fewer have managed to reach the poor and to bring about lasting results. The urgent and complex character of the arsenic crisis requires an integrated and participatory program that links research and implementation in a manner that reflects the priorities of local communities.
An 8-minute video introduction Please see here for the full 1-hour video documentary. Who we are
The Arsenic Mitigation and Research Foundation (AMRF) is a joint effort between academic researchers, medical doctors and development practitioners. Our program aims to establish safe water and health support systems in several highly arsenic-affected and marginalised communities, and to derive lessons from these experiences for replication elsewhere in Bangladesh and in other countries facing similar challenges.
We previously reported on the stories of two women suffering from the social stigma caused by the symptoms of arsenic poisoning, or arsenicosis. Many people believe arsenicosis is contagious or that it is a curse. Parents are reluctant to let their children play with children suffering from the poisoning and patients can be shunned within their villages. Continue reading
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) are essential for people’s in rural Bangladesh. AMRF is implementing a project supported by WaterAid Bangladesh to reduce WaSH vulnerabilities in the arsenic affected areas of Munshiganj district. Our approach is based on the formation of Community Based Organisations (CBOs). This has to be done with great care, to ensure participation of people that are normally marginalised. Continue reading
Short report prepared by: Md. Zahangir Alam, Union Supervisor, Shologhar, Munshiganj.
Joshna (25) comes from a very poor family. She got married eight years ago and now has two children. Joshna grew up in one of the most arsenic affected areas in the Munshigonj district. From her childhood, she has been drinking arsenic contaminated water. Continue reading
The report of our first year collaboration with WaterAid Bangladesh has been completed. The PROWSHAR project (Promoting safe water and sanitation access and hygiene motivation among rural poor in Arsenic Affected areas of Munshiganj) started in 2013 with the aim to reduce WaSH vulnerabilities in arsenic affected areas. This project will continue up to December 2016 and it will cover 4 Unions of 2 Upazilas under Munshiganj district. The first year was implemented in two Unions of Sreenagar Upazila. This report presents the key achievements against targets in all activities done in last year (2013-2014).
After winning their short film award, we are now grateful for featuring in Ventura Water’s ‘Water: Take 1′ newsletter. The contest presents water-themed short films – narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation, live action – to a jury made up of leaders in water and environmental issues, entertainment professionals and influential members of the community. The contest reopens in September this year.