Millions of tubewells across South Asia protect from cholera, but many contain poisonous levels of arsenic. Arsenic impairs fetal growth, increases infant mortality, diminishes children’s intellectual and motor functions, reduces adult earnings, and accounts for 6% of adult mortality in Bangladesh. One reason is that most rural residents don’t know the status of their well. Our solution - providing access to safe wells - amplifies our proof of concept and will improve the lives of 40 million people. Our consortium of scientists and local NGOs will test millions of wells for arsenic. Results will be distributed via a smartphone app that indicates which wells to use and will guide the installation of millions of new safe wells. We will rigorously assess the impact of these interventions and adjust procedures accordingly. These activities will provide the Bangladeshi government with the data and methodology to ensure that arsenic exposure remains low in the future.
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