Institutional collaboration for arsenic mitigation in affected countries in South-East Asia : report of an intercountry workshop, Kolkata, India, 11-13 September 2007
AbstractArsenic in water has been recognized in the Region as a serious threat to health since the 1990s. Initially, West Bengal and Bangladesh were found to be seriously exposed due to their location in the delta of the Ganga-Brahmaputra; it was gradually found that Myanmar, Nepal and Thailand also had several districts that had arsenic-contaminated groundwater. More recently, arsenic has been found in Assam, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The regional attention to water and health aspects of arsenicosis has led many government agencies, academic institutions and sector support agencies to develop capacity to address the arsenic scourge. To capitalize on all these diverse regional activities, WHO has held an Intercountry Workshop in Kolkata, India from 11 to 13 September 2007, which aimed t achieving prevention and mitigation of arsenicosis through strengthening institutional collaboration at the regional and national levels. Twenty-eight participants representing various stakeholder segments including representatives from water supply, health, academic institutions and laboratories from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Myanmar and Thailand attended the workshop. The workshop provided an opportunity for the participants to exchange experience and identify issues and possible solutions in addressing the challenges. The workshop came up with four key recommendations in terms of strengthening collaboration between various stakeholders, the need for capacity building at all levels (especially at the local level), research and development and regular interaction among the affected countries.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2008). Institutional collaboration for arsenic mitigation in affected countries in South-East Asia : report of an intercountry workshop, Kolkata, India, 11-13 September 2007. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205363