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Confirmation of Candidature: Candidate - Nanakkumar Santdasani

Formulation of Sustainable Fluoride Mitigation Approach for Rural Population of Rajasthan

Date: 03 April 2019
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Venue: Toowoomba - Q303, or via Zoom
Contact: For more information, please contact the Graduate Research School.
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Day by day, fluoride contamination in drinking water has been found rising across globe, due to over exploitation of the ground water. According to an estimate, around 200 million people are affected with fluorosis globally. In India, according to an estimate, 62 million people of 17 states, out of 32 are found affected with fluorosis. The Indian state of Rajasthan is one of the worst affected state with approximately 4 million people affected with fluorosis. Being drought prone state, ensuring water security to the communities has always remained a key challenge in Rajasthan.The CGWB studies concluded that the State has a major issue of availability of ground water, as it has reached an alarming stage of 140% development and is also facing water quality issues of excess fluoride, salinity, chloride, nitrate and iron, in addition to the faecal contamination. In the State, out of 33 districts, 30 districts are affected with excess fluoride in groundwater.

In spite of the execution of different levels of mitigation schemes, at tenths of millions of rupees (10 Million rupees ≈ 200,000 A$), people of the affected areas are often still exposed to risk, due to non-adherence to the stipulated performance standards and lack of involvement of the community in such measures. Fluorosis mitigation in majority of affected habitations has been limited to defluoridation of contaminated water, without any consideration for health and nutrition sensitive initiatives. 

The proposed research, will be the first innovative holistic assessment with the aim to find sustainable area specific techno-socio-economic Integrated Fluorosis Mitigation approach, having health and nutrition sensitive interventions, which are suitable for rural Rajasthan and can easily be replicated in other fluorosis endemic areas of the world to help fluorosis affected communities getting rid of menace of dreaded fluorosis.