World Water Day 2019 – Leaving no one behind

Theme of World Water Day 2019 on 22 March is ”Leaving no one behind”. This is an adaptation of the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit.

Today, billions of people are still living without safe water. Marginalized groups – women, children, indigenous peoples and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need. In 2010, the UN recognized the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.

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Training about prevention, detection and management of arsenicosis in India

Arsenic contamination in sources of drinking water has become a serious cause of concern for human life in Assam, India. The long-term exposure to arsenic, mainly through drinking-water and food, can lead to chronic arsenic poisoning and most characteristically skin lesions and skin cancer.

Within this context there is a growing need for intervention addressing water quality and health perspective for enabling preventive mechanisms for population at risk. According to WHO, the permissible level of arsenic in drinking water is 0.01 mg/l.

In this line of thinking, SaciWATERs conducted a training program and field visit for medical and paramedical practitioners on Prevention, Detection and Management of Arsenicosis in Jorhat and Nalbari, India, on 11–14 February, 2019.

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