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Safe Drinking Water Supply System for Disadvantaged Communities in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affected areas of Rambewa Divisional Secretariat Division of the Anuradhapura District

ceramony Photo: Shamen Vidanage, IUCN

 

Project title: Safe Drinking Water Supply System for Disadvantaged Communities in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affected areas of Rambewa Divisional Secretariat Division of the Anuradhapura District

Location: Rambewa DS Division, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Duration: 2017 to 2020

Project Background: Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) was first recognized in Sri Lanka in 1990s and had been prevailing in certain parts of the North Central Province of the country. Even though the exact cause of the disease is yet to be identified it is widely believed that CKD is an environmentally induced disease, strongly influenced by the quality and quantity of drinking water of the communities. During the previous engagements of IUCN on ecological restoration of Kapiriggama cascade tank system, it was revealed that local communities in Rambewa Divisional Secretariat Division (DSD) were either suffering from or at high risk of developing the disease.  Therefore it is timely that a programme for safe drinking water for communities those exposed to risk on CKD in these areas where they are part of the traditional socio-ecological systems called small tank cascades.

This project is designed to develop and implement an area specific action plan, including possible short-term and long-term interventions, in the selected CKD areas in Rambewa DSD area. As such, it is expected to explore the possibility of joining hands with the Renal Disease Prevention and Research Unit (RDPRU) of the Presidential Task Force, National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB), Rambewa Divisional Secretariat, and other relevant stakeholders to enhance, reinforce and prioritize their CKD related work in selected areas in Rambewa DSD area with financial resources from the HSBC.

Objectives of the project

  1. Assess the prevalence and risk of developing CKD in the communities of Rambewa DSD
  2. Assess the quality of drinking water in Rambewa DSD
  3. Develop and implement an action plan with long-term and short-term interventions to address issues of the communities related to CKD
  4. Contribute to the development of the scientific knowledge base on CKD related research

Expected Outputs

  1. At least 500 water sources are tested for suitability for drinking
  2. At least 1,500 people will be screened for CKD and if required directed for medical treatment
  3. Communities will be provided with safe drinking water by RO plants and other means
  4. Raising awareness of the community on aspects related to managing the disease
  5. Sharing experience and knowledge

Donor/s:  HSBC, Sri Lanka

Partner/s: Renal Disease Prevention and Research Unit (RDPRU) of the Presidential Task Force, National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB), Rambewa Divisional Secretariat, and local community group

 

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