Sunday, December 25, 2011

Invitation to Consultation on Fluorosis and Drinking Water at Nuapada

Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO)

In association with

Journalists Association of Nuapada (JAN) and Vikash, Khariar

Invite you to a Consultation on

Fluorosis in our Drinking Water: Problems and Solutions

At Nuapada, on 30th December 2011

Dear Friends/Co-sailors,

Fluorosis contamination of our ground water is a major disaster we live with.  It is estimated that about 66 million people, not less than 6 million of who are children, live with the death called ‘fluorosis’ in our country.  At least 9 states are under the grip of this menace that cripples and kills.  Various estimates tell us that almost 18 of Odisha’s districts are clutched by the disaster.  Yet, initiatives are too little and much scattered.  Both government and civil society groups have been taking up initiatives to tackle this problem but the need of the hour is to recognize this as a ‘living disaster’ and initiate a consistent action, involving all sections of the society, to fight this out. 

Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO) and its member organisations and individuals have been involved in understanding the spread and impacts of fluorosis.  We want to engage in a constant endeavour from now on and try out solutions, with all of you.

We are planning a series of dialogues on this in all the affected districts and bring back the issue to mainstream of planning; and to join the dots of initiatives already being taken.  The first of the series is being organised at Nuapada on 30th December, 2011 with support of the Journalists Association of Nuapada (JAN) and Vikash, Khariar.
If you have worked on this issue or are interested to contribute, please write or call back for further details.
Looking forward to your support and solidarity.

Thanks and regards

Ranjan Panda                              Bimal Singh Dalpati                                   Ajit Kumar Panda
Convenor, WIO                              Secretary, JAN                                               Director, Vikash

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