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The World Bank Group:   Arsenic Contamination in Bangladesh and Efforts to Address It.  With more than an estimated 20 million of its 126 million people assumed to be drinking contaminated water and another 70 million potentially at risk, Bangladesh is facing what has been described as perhaps the largest mass poisoning in history.  This is the World Bank Group project website.

 

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Online focal point for the environmental health disaster in Bangladesh and West Bengal, India, where millions of people are drinking ground water heavily contaminated with arsenic. Site includes infobank of news articles, scientific papers, comprehensive links to other relevant sites, online forum, email newsletter, and local site search.  

 

Harvard and MIT Arsenic Project  In 1998 attention was drawn to the arsenic problem faced by Bangladesh and other countries facing similar problems around the world.   It was agreed to establish the ARSENIC PROJECT, building upon work already being performed on arsenic issues in three schools of the University and in MIT. The project currently has adopted a four prong approach to address the problems - particularly in Bangladesh.

 

 Asia Arsenic Network  The Asia Arsenic Network is a citizens' association established in April 1994 by those doctors, teachers and journalists, among others, who supported the struggle of the Toroku and Matsuo arsenic victims. The Network aims to share experience and knowledge with the arsenic victims and experts in other Asian Countries to learn from each other and cooperate with a view to seeking ways to solve each problem.

Arsenic Affects the Whole Body - Report on Medical Survey in West Bengal, India.  An Asia Arsenic Network (AAN) survey team visited the State of West Bengal, India, and Bangladesh, from February 5 through 12, 1996, and carried out medical and environmental surveys in the arsenic affected areas in the two countries.

 

Click here to learn about Associate MembershipArsenic and other drugs in our water.  Includes articles on arsenic and endocrine, the safe level of arsenic in drinking water, the effects of arsenic in the USA, and some of the political issues involved. 

 

 

 

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Extensive article on arsenic in drinking water from Guidelines for drinking-water quality, 2nd ed. Vol. 2. Health criteria and other supporting information, Geneva, World Health Organization, 1996.

 

See also Fact Sheet No 210: Arsenic in Drinking Water

 

Water and Sanitation Program (home)The WSP is an international partnership of the world's leading development agencies concerned with water and sanitation services for the poor. Its mission is to alleviate poverty by helping the poor gain sustained access to improved water and sanitation services.  See the WSP Bangladesh page.

 

Bamlogo.gif (6729 bytes) The Bangladesh Arsenic Mitigation Water Supply Project

 

 

 

 

WebElements Pro logoWebElements Arsenic Page.  Contains lots of information on the chemical and physical properties of arsenic.

 

 

Arsenic Series: A series of 6 lectures by Dr Toshiyuki Oshima, and Dr Hiko Tamashiro for Global Health Network and Department of Health in Sustainable Development, WHO covering 1) arsenic contamination of drinking water in Bangladesh 2) arsenic contamination in the world 3) chemical nature of arsenic 4) toxic effects of arsenic in humans 5)arsenic detection in drinking water and 6) control measures for arsenic contamination.

 

 

Public Health Statement on Arsenic from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, March 1989.  Includes answers to questions on what arsenic is, how it affects one's health and what steps can be taken to prevent poisoning.

Metabolism of Inorganic Arsenic in Children with Chronic High Arsenic Exposure in Northern Argentina.  An article from Environmental Health Perspectives Volume 106, Number 6, June 1998.

 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of WaterArsenic -- EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water.  The Safe Drinking Water Act requires EPA to revise the existing 50 parts per billion (ppb) standard for arsenic in drinking water.  The information contained at this site  provide a history of EPA's rulemaking efforts related to arsenic and the various technical and factual information associated with those efforts. EPA is reviewing the rule, and this site will be updated to provide more information about this review as it becomes available.

 

GARNET is a mechanism for information exchange in the water supply and sanitation sector using low-cost, informal networks of researchers, practitioners and funders of research. A great starting point for research.

 

Harvard and MIT Arsenic Project Links Page - an extensive source of other links.

 

 

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