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
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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 in arsenic-affected and marginalised communities, and to derive lessons from these experiences for replication elsewhere in Bangladesh and in other countries facing similar challenges. Please download our flyer for more information.
A few years ago, we experimented with the idea to make slight adaptations of a deep tube-well design and make it more of an eye catcher and trigger its use. The platforms around the deep tube wells were upgraded into small bathrooms. This was an entirely new idea in the context of Bangladesh. Continue reading
Since 2006, we have worked on establishing arsenic free drinking water supplies and developed protocols for the identification, diagnosis and treatment of arsenicosis in the Munshiganj district. However, access to safe water and to symptomatic treatment of arsenicosis will not be effective without broader health improvements. In 2013, we completed the construction of a clinic (at the sub-district level) with support from the Japan Government. Its purpose is to help address gaps in existing primary health care services. Continue reading
A while ago, we set up an online campaign to raise funds for an ambulance that would support the activities of our clinic in Munshiganj. We are now very happy to announce that sufficient funds have been collected and that we will soon take steps towards purchasing the vehicle.
We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who participated for their generous donations and for spreading the word. Thank you! We will keep you all updated.
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