HAMiGram

Holistic Arsenic Mitigation Program
(A Holistic Mitigation Approach to Arsenic Contamination Via Sensing, Communication and
Collaboration)

The arsenic contamination of groundwater in Bangladesh has become a biggest environmental disaster in the world in terms of size of the affected population. Around 70 millions of people in Bangladesh are at direct risk of arsenic contamination. The source of the arsenic in the groundwater is the minerals with high arsenic density. The primary known source of that arsenic is the deposit from the river system that in turn has made up the land of Bangladesh over thousands of years. Chemically arsenic is an odorless element, and 10 µg of arsenic per liter is typically considered as the lethal level as well as carcinogenic for the human who are using arsenic contaminated water over a long period of time. However, an investigation by ‘Department of Occupational and Environmental Health of the National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine’ has found more than 50 µg/ Liter of arsenic more than 50% of the samples taken from different regions of Bangladesh. As it is an odorless and colorless element, the detection of arsenic is quite impossible without laboratory test. As a result, a large majority of people in
Bangladesh are using arsenic contaminated water out of ignorance of the risk. People who drink arsenic contaminated water over a long period usually suffer from different life threatening diseases (e.g., skin cancer). However, arsenic is rapidly excreted with urine and if contamination can be detected in early stages, may be treated easily. Therefore, an early detection of contamination can save millions of people from health hazard and most importantly can save lives.

This project aims to address the pre­-detection of arsenic pollution in underground drinking water and surface water primarily used for domestic usage. A dynamic sensing technique enables us to get a real-­time picture of the pollution. Thus allow people under the affected area to better utilize the mineral or surface water. An early detection allows us to provide effective medical health support to the victim; a pre­-detection allows us to prepare the support team. A dynamic social computing framework allows us to connect the victim and the support team in a dynamic manner from remote places. It additionally allows us to provide expert advice irrespective to geographical location of the medical personnel and the arsenic victim.

Chief Investigator: Dr. Sazzad Hossain
HoD, CSE
Investigator 1: Ahmed Hasnain Jalal
Lecturer, ETE

Investigator 2: Dr. Nasim Mahmud
Assistant Professor, CSE
Investigator 5: Sajib Roy
Lecturer, ETE

Investigator 3: Dr. Abul Kalam al Azad
Assistant Professor, CSE
Investigator 6: Farhana Sabrina
Jr. Lecturer, ETE

Investigator 4: Dr. Zahid Hasan Mahmud
Adjunct Faculty, ETE.
Professor, APECE,
Dhaka University

Investigator 5: Sajib Roy
Lecturer, ETE

Investigator 6: Farhana Sabrina
Jr. Lecturer, ETE