Evidence suggests that environment has a substantial effect on human health. Our health issues are associated with emerging environmental hazards such as chemical products. harmful exposure to these chemical products may lead to health problems like skin diseases, skin cancer and many other life taking diseases.
Environmental degradation and depletion of natural resources is observed in Bangladesh due to poverty, over-population and lack of awareness on the subject. Unsafe water supply, sanitation, sewage and unsafe drinking water causes a large amount of deaths in here. Waterborne diseases such as cholera are a serious threat to public health in Bangladesh. In the 1990s, however, it was discovered that the water that the people drink in many areas of Bangladesh is contaminated by arsenic, a poison that occurs naturally in Bangladesh’s alluvial soils. The World Bank estimates that 25 percent of the country’s 4 million wells may be contaminated by arsenic. ‘Arsenic Poisoning’ has become a natural occurrence in many parts of the world .This problem is most severe in the delta region of the river Ganges. Bangladesh lies in this region and is most affected by this problem. The problem is aggravated by the fact that it is one of the most densely populated countries in the world where very few people have access to safe drinking water. Arsenic is a carcinogen that causes many types of Cancers like skin,lung and bladder. Research says that there is danger of arsenic poisoning for 85 million people in this country. This issue needs to be addressed as immediately
Touching Souls International’s environment and health program has been working in collaboration with the education, and social services programs to increase health awareness and fight environmental conditions that enhances the spread of diseases.
This organization has been conducting the Arsenic Awareness Program about drinking water in the rural areas of Bangladesh, educating the local people by giving lectures, leaflets and CD in schools, colleges, market places to save them from arsenic poisoning. They are telling the people in villages and remote areas not to fetch drinking water from the hand pumps which are marked red as they are contaminated with arsenic. They are also educating them about the purification processes like ‘bucket treatment’ to get arsenic free drinking water as boiling alone does not reduces arsenic content in water. They are encouraging people to use water from arsenic free sources such as surface water, like pond, river, well and rain water. They are also educating them on the diet to fight against arsenic poisoning with food rich in protein and lots of vegetables, especially from cabbage family.