Developing an Integrated Approach for Fluorosis Mitigation

Community based learning and innovation

This 3 year programme focussed on an integrated Water and nutrition approach to mitigate fluorosis.

Sir Dorabji Tata Trusts

Primary focus

Fluorosis Mitigation

Secondary focus

Safe Water and Better Nutrition

Duration

May 1, 2010 – Apr 30, 2013

Location

Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh

Budget

76 lakhs

This project designed as an action-research programme focussed on 2 villages with children who were highly affected with Skeletal Fluorosis. Under the advice of a Project Expert Committee and an Institutional Ethics Committee, the programme devised an innovative approach that combined Safer water with Better nutrition to mitigate Fluorosis.

Overall, 25 children were selected from these 2 villages and families experiences a behaviour change programme to adopt Safe water purifiers and Nutrition supplements. Observations were made clinically and through community based studies to see whether the interventions are accepted by the community and if outcomes on health are being realized.

Project Goals

Develop integrated approach to mitigate Fluorosis

Implement integrated fluorosis mitigation approach in 2 villages

Establish a standard protocol for Fluorosis for wider scaleup

Major Outcomes

Recovery from skeletal fluorosis for 20 out of 25 children

Solution developed for Safe water and nutrition towards wider scaleup