FRANK Water in Madhya Pradesh
What's the Challenge?
In Madhya Pradesh, too much fluoride in drinking water causes yellowing of teeth and the crippling disease, fluorosis. Fluorosis has no known cure. The water is also contaminated by fecal matter which leads to gastrointestinal problems.
FRANK Water's work is focused on the Dhar district, where concentration of fluoride in the water is significantly higher than the recommended norm. We're working with three villages (3000 people) over three years. The population in this area is mostly Scheduled Tribe, living below the poverty line.
What's FRANK Water Doing About it?
Our aim is to reduce waterborne disease, particularly fluorosis, by providing these villages with safe, sustainable sources of drinking water.
To do this, we're working with PSI (People's Science Institute), to build their own resources and knowledge. Together, we'll train communities to develop their own low-impact, environmentally sustainable solutions. We'll carry out research to track the impact of our projects on the incidence of fluorosis.
Where we're up to...April 2016
- Over the last year we’ve successfully worked with three villages, Bankpura, Banjari and Chhoti Chetri. More than 2,400 people now have safe water.
- We held education workshops with over 1,000 people – young and old – on the importance of hygienic behaviour, particularly around food preparation, eating and using the loo.
- All three villages have formed a Water User Group (WUGs), responsible for ongoing operations repairs and maintenance, collecting monthly subscriptions and holding community meetings. WUGs operate independently of FRANK Water – they are self-sufficient and sustainable.
- In November 2015, we organised a workshop on “Fluorosis mitigation through participatory groundwater management” in Bhopal in November 2015.
- Right now, we're working on a study of how improving availability of clean water and changing hygiene behaviours impacts health.