Online Program

Hogenakkal water supply and fluorosis mitigation project by Japan international cooperation agency (JICA) in southern India

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Keiichi Fujimoto, Department of Hygiene and Public Health, Division of Preventive and Social Medicine, Osaka Medical College, Osaka, Japan
Fluorosis known as endemic disease in India is posing a serious health problem. The increase in the demand for drinking water caused by the rapid population growth has overwhelmed the existing water treatment facilities. Instead of the dependence on fluoride-contaminated ground water, the supply of fluoride-free drinking water that comes from surface water is an urgent matter. The Government of India has started the “National Fluorosis Mitigation Program” with finding ways to supply safe and adequate quantities of drinking water to the entire population. The Government of Japan provided official development assistance (ODA) in the amount of 39,482 million yen for this project entitled “Hogenakkal Water Supply and Fluorosis Mitigation Project”. Our members of Department of Hygiene and Public Health at Osaka Medical College, Japan were invited to participate in the project as experts and consultants of fluorosis from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). We conducted the 1st survey in 2008 and the 2nd survey in 2011. The survey was carried out at a local bureau of waterworks, hospitals, primary care centers, elementary schools and rural communities in the Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts interviewing medical doctors, community leaders, technicians and general members of the population. In 2012 we invited counterpart personnel from India through JICA to provide them with training opportunity in our facilities in Osaka, where they could share the skills and knowledge of our research group. We would like to present the framework of the project, the result of the survey and proposal for the future.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Environmental health sciences

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the independent and sustainable ways at locals for self-help and ownerships after the international assist program.

Keyword(s): India, ASSIST Program

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was invited as one of the members to participate in the project from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.