Educational or Curriculum – Environmental Change

Initiative Description: Train teachers on groundwater arsenic problems and engaging activities to motivate children and their families; Provide rhyme and story books to children; hang posters that present awareness-building messages on arsenic in classrooms; Provide three 15min. education sessions per week to educate students about arsenic; And install a low arsenic well in each village

Study Results: Significant decline in urinary arsenic, improved knowledge about arsenic, and children who were more likely to use low-arsenic wells than high arsenic wells.

Reference: Khan, K., Ahmed, E., Factor-Litvak, P., Liu, X., Siddique, A.B., Wasserman, G.A., . . .Graziano, J.H. (2015). Evaluation of an elementary school-based educational intervention for reducing arsenic exposure in Bangladesh. Children’s Health, 123(12), 1331-1336

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good