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Culture, health and development in South Asia : arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh

Author: M Saiful Islam, (Anthropologist)
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2016.
Series: Routledge contemporary South Asia series, 112.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Recently, mass arsenic poisoning of groundwater has emerged as a disastrous public health concern in Bangladesh. Apart from hundreds of deaths that have already been reported, 85 million people are estimated to be at high risk of developing deadly arsenicosis symptoms. The severity and extent of arsenicosis have obliged the government of Bangladesh to declare it the "worst national disaster" the country has ever  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: M Saiful Islam, (Anthropologist)
ISBN: 9781317226000 1317226003 1138654086 9781138654082 9781315623436 1315623439 9781317225997 1317225996
OCLC Number: 946887451
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 148 pages)
Contents: Introduction : the paradise poisoned --
Arsenic poisoning : culture, health and development perspectives --
Arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh : causes, health impacts and healthcare services --
Ghaa : the social construction of arsenicosis --
Arsenicosis as ghaa and health-seeking behaviour --
Arsenic mitigation strategies : why do they fail? --
Conclusion : the primacy of culture in health and development.
Series Title: Routledge contemporary South Asia series, 112.
Responsibility: [edited by] M. Saiful Islam.

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Recently, mass arsenic poisoning of groundwater has emerged as a disastrous public health concern in Bangladesh. Apart from hundreds of deaths that have already been reported, 85 million people are estimated to be at high risk of developing deadly arsenicosis symptoms. The severity and extent of arsenicosis have obliged the government of Bangladesh to declare it the "worst national disaster" the country has ever faced, and further to be deemed a "state of emergency." To fight this pervasive public health disaster, the Bangladesh government has collaborated with the international and national NGOs to implement development projects to provide arsenic-free water to rural villagers. Drawing upon ethnographic research in rural Southwestern Bangladesh, this book discusses arsenic contamination and its resultant health impact from a medical anthropological and anthropology of development perspectives. It examines how the actual patients perceive, explain, manage and respond to this catastrophic public health outbreak, and goes on to analyse how such lay perceptions shape health-seeking behaviour of subjects in a medically plural context. To make the issue more holistic, this book further examines mitigation strategies and community participation in these projects. Challenging approaches to development and development project management, the book is of interest to policy makers, practitioners and academics working in the field of development studies, South Asian studies, medical anthropology, anthropology and sociology of development.

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