Free of arsenic and yet contaminated tube-well

In one of the villages, we found an arsenic-safe shallow tube-well to be contaminated by microorganisms. In was constructed in 1998 and the top part of the galvanised iron (GI) pipe had worn out, allowing contamination from dirty surroundings. Facilitated by our staff, villagers organised its rehabilitation. This highlights the importance of regular water quality monitoring, which should be in the hands of communities. Please click on the photo to enlarge.

Can failed projects be fixed?

platform0There are many cases in which the water supplies installed in the past by other organisations are not up to standards. There may be issues with their construction or their maintenance. Many of these existing water supply sites could be improved, but community control and maintenance must be facilitated and encouraged. Here are a couple of examples. Continue reading “Can failed projects be fixed?”

The tube-well revolution: a lesson on public health

For our program we argue that a safe water supply must go hand in hand with long-term medical support and primary health care. This lesson is clear from past experiences. Shallow tube-wells were introduced alongside many other public health interventions (including, for example, Oral Rehydration Therapy). Continue reading “The tube-well revolution: a lesson on public health”

Excited to announce winning the ‘Water: Take 1’ award

Water collaborations (PAL)Ventura Water, in partnership with Patagonia, presented awards to the winning films of the 2013 Water: Take 1 online short film contest during a special community celebration, hosted by Brooks Institute a few days ago. More than 150 attendees watched as the $1,500 Grand Prize, sponsored by Patagonia, was awarded to our film “Water Collaborations”. It was chosen from the top 10 finalist films by a distinguished jury of entertainment and environmental professionals. See the full news message here. As mentioned earlier, most of the  prize money will go towards funding our Campaign: An ambulance for our community clinic (the rest towards making more films!).

Project induction workshop

induction workshopAMRF conducted a project induction workshop on November 17, 2013 at the office of the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) in the Sreenagar Upazila (the government chief executive of a sub-district). The UNO attended as the chief guest while the Executive Director of AMRF chaired the workshop. The Upazila Health & Family Planning Officer, Upazila Agricultural Officer and other government officials, teachers, civil society representatives, Imam and journalist joined the workshop. The objectives were to: improve government collaboration with project activities; encourage participation of different concerned actors; present our organisation and project; and consider external suggestions and recommendations.

Addressing sanitation concerns with our communities

Sanitation awarenessIn Bangladesh, October is national sanitation month. Nearly 350 children die every day in Bangladesh due to poor sanitation. In a previous post we reported on our activities around Global Handwashing Day. Click on the image to see more photographs of our activities during sanitation month. They included rallies, discussions, school sessions, quiz competitions, demonstrations, cartoon show on hygiene, musical and theatre shows.

6 days left to vote for our entry in the Green-Go Short Film Festival

Green-GoPlease check out our 1-min video “Water Collaborations” by following this link. Some of you might already have seen it: a team of contractors installing a deep tube-well and children taking water from it. To vote for us, you can click on the ‘heart’ just under the video. Thank you!

Digest 10/2013: Arsenic in the news

newsdigestPlease have a read through this news digest of recent online publications on arsenic.

There is no safe limit; trace amounts of arsenic can also do damage

It was formerly thought that only high dose exposure resulted in illness, but new research begs to differ. Trace amounts of arsenic in the body interfere with the tumor suppressing hormone glucocorticoid, while damaging lung cells and causing inflammation in the heart. Researchers at the University of Chicago found residents of Bangladesh who took in as little as 19 parts per billion (ppb) had reduced lung function and at 120 ppb, their ability to take in oxygen was reduced.
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Observing Global Handwashing Day

handwashing 2Global Handwashing Day is a campaign to motivate millions around the world to wash their hands with soap. This is the single most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrhea and acute respiratory infections, such as pneumonia. The campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of hand washing with soap as a key approach to disease prevention. Every year, organisations all over Bangladesh celebrate this day from the national to the community level. Continue reading “Observing Global Handwashing Day”