Fluoride content in water is beyond permissible limit in nearly 17 out of 27 districts of Chhattisgarh. WaterAid India, along with its partner, has been working on water quality issues in Kanker and Korba district.
At the initial stage, water quality testing was done across the intervention communities, along with district level planning. Thus, on 28-29 December, a two-day multi-stakeholders workshop was organised in Kanker district on fluoride mitigation.
The core objectives of the workshop were:
- To understand the current situation, experiences of dealing with fluoride mitigation, and best practices adopted by the communities.
- To prepare a broad action plan for community-led interventions,
- To ideate a strategy for state and district based on fluoride mitigation, fluorosis screening, and treatment.
The workshop was attended by the Sarpanch, Secretary and Community members from 60 Gram Panchayats across Korba, Kanker and Bastar district. Also, officers from different departments, including Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), health department, Public Health Engineering Department (PHED), agriculture, education, as well as district administration officers were also a part of the workshop.
Participants shared their experience on fluoride mitigation efforts and identified good practices that are effective. The adverse effect that fluorosis has on an individual was also discussed.
Post detailed discussions and experience sharing, it was decided that fluoride mitigation action plan will be passed in the upcoming Gram Sabha by the Gram Panchayat. The plan will then be shared with the district administration for financial support and approval, and will thus be conveyed to the District Mineral Foundation Committee for further action.