WHO IS DOING WHAT ON ARSENIC ISSUE IN BANGLADESH

 
 
Name of the Ministry/Dept/ Organization
Performing activities
Funding Agency
Ministry of LGRD&C
DPHE 
1. Project title: Bangladesh Arsenic Mitigation Water Supply Project (BAMWSP).
Major components: The major components of this project are: (i) on-site mitigation in hard hit areas, (ii) understanding the arsenic problem, and (iii) institutional strengthening to deal with the problem.
Project duration: This project was formally launched in September 1998 –2001for a period of three years.
Executing Agency: Project Management Unit, BAMWSP (DPHE)
Project Office: Road # 31, House # 450, New D.O.H.S. Dhaka 1206 
Contact person: Mr. Farid Uddin Ahmed Mia , Project Director
Tel: 8813815, Fax # 8813646 , email: pdamwsp@bol.online.com
World Bank-SDC
Ministry of LGRD&C
DPHE
2. Project title: TAPP for Study of Arsenic affected area of Bangladesh.
Major components: i) Assessment of Arsenic problem and hydrogeological investigation ii) Arsenic free water and awareness building iii) and Strengthening of DPHE labs. 
Project duration: October 1996 - December 1999
Executing Agency: DPHE, UNICEF 
Project Office: DPHE Bhaban, Kakrail 
Contact person: Mr. Joynul Abedeen, Superintendent Engineer, Groundwater Circle, DPHE, Kakrail, Tel: 9342485
UNICEF
Ministry of LGRD&C
DPHE
2. Project title: TAPP for Study of Arsenic affected area of Bangladesh.
Major components: i) Assessment of Arsenic problem and hydrogeological investigation ii) Arsenic free water and awareness building iii) and Strengthening of DPHE labs. 
Project duration: October 1996 - December 1999
Executing Agency: DPHE-UNICEF 
Project Office: DPHE Bhaban, Kakrail 
Contact person: Mr. Joynul Abedeen, Superintendent Engineer, Groundwater Circle, DPHE, Kakrail, Tel: 9342485
UNICEF
Ministry of LGRD&C
DPHE
3. Project title: 4 Thana Action Research Program under Research & Development activity.
Major components: The activities are tube-well screening, demonstration of technological options, patient identification, and awareness building. 
Project duration: July 1999-June 2000
Executing Agency: DPHE 
Project Office: DPHE , Bhaban, Kakrail, 
Contact person: Mr. Kazi Nasir Uddin Ahmed, Addl Chief Engineer (Planning), DPHE DPHE Bhaban, Kakrail, Dkaka-1000.
 

Ministry of LGRD&C
DPHE
4. Project title: Groundwater studies for Arsenic Contamination in Bangladesh. 
Major components: The activities will include- i) systematic way of assessment of arsenic contamination ii) Causes of arsenic contamination and its mobility in 3 specific hydrogeological condition. 
Project duration: December 1997 - March 2000
Executing Agency: DFID-DPHE-BGS 
Project Office: DPHE DPHE Bhaban, Kakrail, Dkaka-1000. 
Contact person: Dr. Kazi Matin Ahmed, Tel-9661900-49, 9350748 and Mr. Itheshamul Hoque, XEN R&D Division, DPHE, Tel: 9350748
DFID
Ministry of LGRD&C
DPHE
5. Project title: DPHE-Danida Arsenic Mitigation Pilot Project.
Major components: B ucket treatment unit (BTU) for arsenic removal, in Maijdee Noakhali area. DANIDA has also established a laboratory in Noakhali for detection of arsenic and is testing small-scale arsenic removal technology.
Project duration for AMPP: February 1999 to February 2000
Executing Agency: DPHE, DANIDA
Project Office: DPHE Bhaban, Kakrail
Site office: Maijdee Noakhali
Contact person: Mr. Jens Thogersen, Technical Adviser, Tel- 9346167-70, Fax # 9344791, E-mail: warerap@dhaka.agni.com
 
DANIDA
Ministry of LGRD&C
DPHE
6. Project title: Groundwater Development of Deep Aquifers for Safe Drinking Water to arsenic affected areas in western Bangladesh (District: Chuadanga, Jhenidah, Jessore). 
Major components: Study on Deep Aquifers for Safe Drinking Water to arsenic affected areas. JICA is also funding a study on arsenic contamination in Jessore. And they had joint collaboration with NIPSOM in development of a field testing kit. 
Project duration for groundwater study: The Project is yet to commence by January 2000.
Executing Agency: JICA-DPHE
Project Office: JICA head office, IDB Bhaban Agargaon
Contact person: Mr.N. Nakano, Deputy Resident Representative JICA, Tel: 8812271-4, 8813351-3, Fax # 8813398, 8817995 
E-mail- jicabd05@citechco.net
JICA
Ministry of LGRD&C
DPHE
7. Project title: 18 District Town Water Supply and Sanitation Project. 
Major Component: Water supply, sanitation and hygiene education, 18 district town municipal area (HTW) & (DTW) are screened. Five iron/arsenic removal plants have also been constructed under Dutch funding of which three is under operation.
Project duration: 1989 - 1999
Executing Agency: DPHE
Project Office: 17/A Monipuri Para Dhaka 
Contact person: Mr. H. A. L. Dierx , Team Leader 
Tel: 9131552, Fax # 9131552
Dutch
Ministry of LGRD&C
DPHE
8. Project title: A study on chemical treatment of arsenic contaminated water through the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).
Major Component: The treatment was on field demonstration of arsenic removal process in sonargaon Thana.
Project duration: 1998 -1999. 
Executing Agency: ANSTO-DPHE 
Project Office: Site office - Sonargaon Thana
Contact person: Mr. Mark Collins, First Secretary, Development Assistance’ AusAID, Australian High Commission,184 Gulshan Avenue, Dhaka 1212, Tel: 8813101-5 Fax: 8813794 
E-mail: jason.reynolds@dfat.gov.au
AusAID
Ministry of
LGRD&C
LGED
9. Project title: Secondary Towns Infrastructure Development Project –II (STIDP-II), 
Major Components: Arsenic test in Tube-wells (STW,DTW) of 22 districts’ Pourashava area and Towns Infrastructure Development
Project duration: 1995/96-2001.
Executing Agency: LGED. 
Project Office: LGED Bhaban, Agargaon, 
Contact Person: Project Director & Mr. G.A.H. Rahamani, Consultant Engg. Tel. 9124811
 
ADB
MOH&FW 10. Project title: Emergency Arsenic Mitigation in 200 selected villages Phase-I, and in Phase II Emergency village-wide screening of tubewells and health in 300 villages.
Major Components: The activities will include i) total population survey to arsenic patients, ii) to test technological options including filter and medicine, iii) development of IEC materials and iv) GIS.
Project duration: November 1997 - July 1998 and December 1998 - December 1999 
Executing Agency: MOH&FW
Contact person: Dr. A.Z.M. Iftekhar Hossain, Deputy Program Manager (Arsenic), Arsenic Contamination Mitigation Project, DGHS. 
UNDP
WHO-ICDDR,B 11. Project title: i) Field test kit development, ii) Preparation of a Monograph on arsenic. 
Contact Person: Mr. Han A. Heijnen, Environmental Health Advisor, World Health Organization, DPHE Bhaban, Kakrail, Dhaka 1000
Tel: 934-3372, Fax: 863247, E-mail: whosani@citechco.net
WHO
FAO  12. Project title: Small-scale studies on soil quality in arsenic affected areas, food chain and food safety relationships.
Contact Person: Mr. Md. Selim, Program Officer, Tel: 8118015-8 
FAO
Water Aid 13. Project title: Arsenic Mitigation Project
Contact Person: Ms Elizabeth Jonnes/Mr. Md. Nasir Uddin
Tel: 9884647
Water Aid
NGOs (CARE, DASCOH, IDE and several local NGOs) 14. Project title: WATSAN Partnership Project (WPP) in Rajshahi and Chapainabgang. 
Major Components: Low cost technological options for arsenic removal from the contaminated water (SORAS,SODIS). In fact SDC is financing in testing of several innovative arsenic removal technologies. 
Contact person: Mr. Abdul Motaleb, Coordinator, WATSAN Partnership Project (WPP), Tel: 8619711, Fax # 8619711 
E-mail: wpppmu@bdmail.net
SDC
Ministry of MOH&FW
DCH
15. Project title: Country-wide survey for water and patients 
Duration: 1996 - on going.
16. Project title: Rural arsenic mitigation program
Duration: 1998-1999
17. Project title: Arsenic mitigation in Bera Thana
Duration: October 1999 - May 2000
18. Project title: Arsenic mitigation on health in village. 
Duration: July 1999 - June 2002 
19. Project title: Rapid Action Program.
Duration: 1997 - December 1999 
Executing Agency: DCH
Project Office: DCH, 190/1 Boro Magbazar, Dhaka,
Contact person: Mr. Ranjit Das, Program Coordinator, Tel- 9351190-1, Fax # 9338706. 
UNICEF, UNDP and DCH own fund
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
ADAB As such ADAB has no direct Project on arsenic. It maintains coordination between NGOs and Government. ADAB plays a role to selection of SOs for BAMWSP as apex. 
Contact Person: Mr. Shamsul Huda, Director, ADAB, 1/3, Block F, Lalmatia, Dhaka1207
 
NGO Forum 20. Project title: Integrated Water and Sanitation Programme through Partner Organizations. 
21. Project title: Integrated Water and Sanitation Programme for Coastal and Undeserved Areas. 
Major Components: The main activities are on i) Water sample testing for arsenic contamination in groundwater, ii) Arsenic mitigation iii) Inter-agency and Trans Sectoral Collaboration, iv) Capacity building of Partner NGOs and CBOs, v) Development Communication, vi) on alternative suitable technological options vii) and research and development jointly with S.O.E.S. Jadavpur University, West Bengal, India on evaluation of arsenic field testing kits. 
Project duration: 1 January 1 1997- 31 Dec 1999, 
Line Ministry: LGRD&C
Executing Agency: Partner NGOs and CBOs
Project Office: 4/6 , Block-E, Lalmatia, Dhaka1207
Contact person: Mr. S.M.A. Rashid, Executive Director , Tel- 8119597, 8119599 Fax # 8117924
E-mail: ngof@bangla.net
SDC
DANIDA & CAFOD/EU
PKSF As such PKSF has no direct Project on arsenic. It maintains coordination between NGOs and Government. PKSF plays a role to selection of SOs for BAMWSP as apex. 
Contact Person: Mr. Fedai Mawla, Program Officer, Tel. 8115715, Fax. 8113253
 
VHSS As such VHSS has no direct Project on arsenic. It maintains coordination between NGOs and Government. VHSS plays a role to selection of SOs for BAMWSP as apex. 
Contact Person: Dr. Nasir Uddin, Executive Director,VHSS
 
Research and Academic Institutes
BUET
22. Project title: Development of Arsenic Field Test Kit. 
23. Project title: Performance and Modification of Pond Sand Filter (PSF)
Contact Person: Professor M. Feroze Ahmed, International Training Network-Bangladesh (ITN),Centre for Water Supply and Waste Management, Civil Engineering Building (3rd floor),BUET, Dhaka 1000,
Tel: 9663693, 9663695, Fax: 863026, E-mail: itn@dhaka.agni.com
World Bank
M/O Science and Technology
Dept. of Soil Science, Dhaka University
24. Project title: Arsenic Contamination of Soil Water System and its Transfer into Food-chain, 
Project Area: Faridpur, Laksham, Narayangang, Laxipur, Jessore, Sonargaon, and Sunamgang.. 
Project duration: 1999 –2000
Executing Agency: Dept. of Soil Science
Contact person: Prof. Shah Mohammad Ullah, Dept of Soil Science, Dhaka University. , Tel: 9664988
Science and Technology
Dept. of Geology
Dhaka University
25. Project title: Hydrogeological research on:
i) Project title: Origin and Distribution of Arsenic in Central Bangladesh 1997 
ii) Project title: Occurrence and distribution of Arsenic in Meherpur 1998
iii). Project title: Occurrence and distribution of Arsenic in Chowmohani 1999 
26. Project title: Arsenic Investigation in the Bengal Delta Plain of Bangladesh. 
Executing Agency: Geology Dept., UCL and SIDA
Contact person: Dr. Kazi Matin, Dept of Geology, Dhaka University
Tel: 96619200-4 Extension 6015 
University College of London, and SIDA





DPHE





Project Title: Environmental Technology Verification-Arsenic Mitigation Project
Duration: 2000/2003
CIDA Contribution: $4,162,800
Canadian partner: Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement

Description: Arsenic contamination of groundwater supplies is a naturally  occurring, widespread problem in Bangladesh. Millions of people either suffer from arsenic poisoning already or are at risk. The goal of the project is to address basic human needs in Bangladesh by providing safe drinking water at the point of use for people affected by arsenic poisoning. The main outcomes will include: a process for assessing and verifying arsenic mitigation technologies; certified viable arsenic mitigation technologies; and transfer of the process and procedures to an entity designated by the Government of Bangladesh. The main outputs will include: an internationally recognized criteria for examining arsenic mitigation technologies; a process for certification of arsenic mitigation technologies and confirmed technology viability through a comprehensive field verification program.





Canadian International Development Agency





M/O Education
Dept. of Soil Science, Dhaka University
Arsenic Transfer in food chain (Through Soil-Water-Crop System) 
Project duration: 2000 -2002
Executing Agency: Dept. of Soil Science
Contact person: Prof. S.M. Imamul Huq Dept of Soil Science, Dhaka University 
CSIRO-Australia

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