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II: Pesticides and DSH: Experience from the Sundarbans Region, India

The Sundarbans region and the Panchayat

Sundarbans is one of the world’s largest deltas at the mouth of three rivers, viz., the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna, which converge at the basin of the Bay of Bengal. It covers an area of 10,284 km2 of which three-fifth is in Bangladesh and the remaining in India. The Indian region comprises 19 Development Blocks (13 under two districts of West Bengal state: South 24 Parganas, and 6 under North 24 Parganas). The Sundarbans region of West Bengal is a geographically remote and socio-economically underdeveloped area as compared to the other districts of the state. Poverty, illiteracy, and poor communication and transportation network with the mainland have contributed to poor quality of life in the region. Though health services such as Primary Health Centres (PHCs), exist in the region, nevertheless, these continue to be out of reach of people living in the far-flung areas. The region is bereft of mental health services (Chowdhury et al. 2001).

 
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