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Photos from the SIM-Bangladesh

Arsenic Poisoning Prevention Project


A large percentage of the wells across southern Bangladesh are contaminated with high levels of arsenic, which can impair mental development of children and cause many other serious health issues.

A simple field test can determine amounts of arsenic present.  Results are frequently 10x the Bangladesh safety limit (50x the US safety limit), or higher.


An inexpensive filter ($25 US) can remove arsenic from a household's water supply for 5 years or more.  These filters are made locally, from local materials.


Education about sources of arsenic & symptoms of poisoning is a key part of the project.


Doctors at mobile medical clinics screen patients for symptoms of arsenic poisoning, and prescribe medications 

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