Friday, 1 August 2008

Social Inclusion: A Study On The Rajasthan Integrated Fluorosis Mitigation Programme In India By Mr. John Hustedt, Ms. Natasha Mistry, Ms. Anne-Line Sandaker, Ms. Sakshi Saini, and Mr. Aji John

Fluorine is a chemical contaminant that is present in water, and depending on the amount that is ingested, it can be either beneficial or detrimental to a person’s health. Overconsumption of fluorine over long periods of time can cause a disease known as fluorosis. This illness can lead to irreparable damage to the body such as permanent staining of teeth and frequently crippling disfiguration of bones. Fluorosis also poses non-skeletal threats such as constant diarrhea, stomach pains and loss of appetite that can ultimately lead to dehydration and malnutrition. Fluorosis is of growing interest in the field of water sanitation and medicine, and governments around the world have made efforts in its prevention. This paper presents and explores the efforts of the Rajasthan state government of India in tackling the problem of fluorosis and, furthermore, ensuring that project objectives touch all segments
of the population including the Dalits. The Dalits are considered the lowest caste individuals in Indian society, and have frequently held the lowest social and economic position in society.

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