Other Titlesdetection, management and surveillance of arsenicosis in Soouth-East Asia Region
AbstractGlobally, arsenicosis, also referred to as arsenism, is an important noncommunicable disease resulting from the ingestion of groundwater containing unsafe level of arsenic. Groundwater contamination, in excess of the WHO guideline value, has been observed in some countries of WHO's South-East Asia Region. The affected countries are: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Thailand. Over 10 million tube wells are in use in the Region, potentially exposing between 40 to 50 million people to unsafe levels of arsenic. To mitigate the health effects of arsenic in the South-East Asia Region, WHO published a Field Guide for the Detection, Management and Surveillance of Arsenicosis in 2003 (WHO Technical Publication No. 30; ISBN 92 9022 2405). The Facilitator's Guide (WHO Technical Publication No. 31 : ISBN 92 9022 2645) and Participant Handbook were developed to complement the WHO Field Guide for the Detection, Management and Surveillance of Arsenicosis. The materials were developed and field tested in regional and national workshops in Bangladesh, India and Thailand. This publication is primarily to facilitate human resource development in the area of arsenic mitigation in the Region.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2006). Participant handbook. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205625