WHO WE ARE

Arsenic Knowledge and Action Network aims to drive knowledge sharing and problem solving by collaborative action in the water sector. It lends itself to arsenic mitigation efforts of provincial governments and civil society groups by aiding them in developing appropriate solution and response to drinking water quality problems of their respective geographies. The mandate of this network is bringing together knowledge and action driven by a dynamic network of partner organizations and individual members, sharing a common vision of bringing systematic and structural changes in arsenic mitigation strategies across India.

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WHAT IS ARSENIC?

Arsenic (As) is an odourless, tasteless metalloid widely distributed in Earth’s crust. It is unevenly distributed and hence some places have much higher arsenic concentrations than others due to weathering and anthropogenic activities. Arsenic is often associated with mineral ores like gold and its concentration is also high at hotsprings and other geothermal sources. Arsenic poisoning or arsenicosis can cause major health complications, such as skin damage and cancers of lung and bladder, and could also cause death.

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