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Title: Arsenic in Asia: a regional overview
Authors: Rosenboom, Jan W.
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: © WEDC, Loughborough University
Citation: ROSENBOOM, J.W., 2004. Arsenic in Asia: a regional overview. IN: Godfrey, S. (ed). People-centred approaches to water and environmental sanitation: Proceedings of the 30th WEDC International Conference, Vientiane, Laos, 25-29 October 2004, pp. 625-628.
Abstract: Besides the well known cases of Taiwan, West Bengal (India) and Bangladesh, there are eight other countries in Asia where arsenic in groundwater has been found in excess of permissible values1: Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam. Given the chronic health effects that result from long-term ingestion of inorganic arsenic in water, the discovery of arsenic in groundwater invariably leads to questions about further testing, patient identification, mitigation responses etc. In addition, occasional questions are raised about the need for arsenic screening in other countries (e.g. in Africa and Latin-America). To provide some context for the specialist sessions on arsenic at the WEDC Conference, and to introduce the subject to a varied international audience, this paper provides a broad overview of the arsenic situation in Asia, national responses, and areas for future attention.
Description: This is a conference paper.
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/28528
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