Journal of
Toxicology and Environmental Health Sciences

  • Abbreviation: J. Toxicol. Environ. Health Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9820
  • DOI: 10.5897/JTEHS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 206

Full Length Research Paper

The socioeconomic impact of Arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh

Shakeel Ahmed Ibne Mahmood* and Amal Krishna Halder
Bangladesh Arsenic Control Society, BACS, C/o, 2/24 Babar Road, Mohammadpur, Dhaka 1207, Bangladesh.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 09 February 2011
  •  Published: 31 March 2011


The purpose of this paper is to propose a methodology to analyze the health effects, how people cope with the socioeconomic consequences of the disease and to predict the beneficial effects of various alternative mitigation methods and recommends governmental measures for prevention of Arsenic poisoning. This research has been evaluated by the Bangladeshi Health Care system for its ability to recognize, isolate, report and control cases of Arsenic. The statistics is provided through the latest Internet publications, literature on global and regional information on environment, and using the database of Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey 2004. This research attempted to analyze how other international agencies are trying to prevent Arsenic in their countries, where the people are affected or infected by Arsenic. As preventive measures, surface water treatment including drinking or taking water from the pond, various educational program, support of Government and NGOs, using media materials and Pan American Center for Sanitary Engineering and Environmental Sciences (CEPIS) in Peru, called ALUFLOC and Danida and Water Aid developed technologies to remove Arsenic were mentioned.


Key words: Arsenic poisoning, alternative mitigation methods, governmental measures.