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Southeast Asia Regional Conference on Groundwater Arsenic

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Southeast Asia Regional Conference on Groundwater Arsenic: Multi-disciplinary Approaches to Protecting the Health of the Public. Conference Website.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has referred to the global arsenic drinking water problem as the largest mass poisoning in history. More than 150 million people across 70 nations consume drinking water with elevated concentrations of naturally occurring arsenic from well water. Arsenic contaminated water is a particular problem in South Asia, where for the most part, developing countries have not yet developed a feasible large-scale strategy for implementing an effective remediation strategy. During the past decade, Bangladesh, a severely affected country, has made considerable strides in providing low-arsenic water, largely through the installation of deep, low-arsenic community wells. The health and economic implications for the population have also been the topic of considerable study. However, in many regions of Southeast Asia, much less progress has occurred, largely due to a lack of focus and attention to the problem.

Columbia University scientists, in collaboration with many local partners, have been involved with both health effects and geochemistry/hydrology research in Bangladesh and Vietnam via our National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)-funded Superfund Research Program (CU SRP). Additionally, via funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and various non-governmental organizations, they have conducted geochemistry/hydrology research in Cambodia and Myanmar as well. Collectively, a group of collaborators from Columbia University, the Vietnam National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health (NIOEH), the Vietnam Research Centre for Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development (CETASD) and the Chulabhorn Research Institute of Thailand (CRI) believe that the time has come for researchers, stakeholders, and government officials to convene to try to develop a set of regional mitigation strategies that could lead to a reduction in arsenic exposure and a decrease in the burden of related disease. With the support of NIEHS and these collaborating institutions, we seek to catalyze this international dialogue through a two-day symposium in Hanoi, Vietnam, to be held on November 2-3, 2017.

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