The paper gives a detailed account of the construction and results of the epidemiological sub-model. It also proposes to obtain socioeconomic information on households and their coping mechanisms through the organization of simple household surveys; it therefore lists a minimum set of core health and socioeconomic indicators to be considered.
- Ingestion of arsenic contaminated water leads to serious skin disease and cancer in a significant number of exposed people. It is important to prevent the increase of arsenicosis for both health and economic reasons.
- Unfortunately, drug treatment to eliminate arsenic from the body is expensive, leading to the conclusion that possibly palliative care, including application of ointment in the case of keratosis, is the only affordable treatment in rural areas of Bangladesh.
- Bangladeshi villagers affected by arsenicosis are likely to lose a significant amount of productive time. In addition, the disease may become a burden on villagers' overall financial and time resources.
- Econometric analysis shows that the poorest suffer the most from arsenicosis.