Active and Recent Projects
Chemists Without Borders is a collaborative organization producing sustainable results for important field problems by finding appropriate solutions and developing partners to assist in the delivery of those solutions. We seek to be catalysts for our partners, constituents, and suppliers, to achieve better our common humanitarian and social goals.
Clean Water Initiatives
Arsenic Education in Bangladesh Project
Hundreds of millions of people around the world lack safe drinking water. One of the best-known problems is the arsenic contamination of drinking water in the area of the Ganges River delta. Helping to solve this problem affecting millions of people is one of the first that we tackled. The Arsenic Public Education Project in Bangladesh identifies local high schools in arsenic-affected areas in Bangladesh and delivers arsenic test kits and training to them directly. This opportunity is leading to greater awareness in the younger community in Bangladesh of the problems of arsenic and how to address them. By educating the students, we aim to educate the population at large in Bangladesh about the dangers of arsenic and about the available solutions.
Chemical Education Initiatives
Chemists Without Borders agrees with John Warner and Beyond Benign: "all chemistry should be green". We have several members interested in developing “Green Chemistry” and advanced chemistry resource web pages.
Chemistry Education Team (Sierra Leone)
Sierra Leone faces challenges that are incomprehensible to most persons living in developed countries; the electricity is unreliable in the capital city and non-existent in the villages. More pertinent, the classrooms have very little in terms of equipment and supplies. Although students are required to purchase their textbooks, many cannot afford to do so and therefore students copy notes from the chalkboard, and imagine and draw their chemistry experiments. A World Bank report notes that “Sierra Leone has lower levels of enrollment in secondary school than many other impoverished nations. Only 10% of school boys and 4% of school girls passed the West Africa Senior School Certificate Exam (i.e. earned a “pass” in four subject areas of which chemistry is one choice) in the remote eastern border district of Kailahun, one of the areas that was hardest hit by Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war.”
Safe Pharmaceuticals in Africa
The Paper Analytical Device Project (PAD) project seeks to develop low-cost tests to determine the potency of drugs purchased in Africa. We are currently looking for volunteers with extensive industrial analytical chemistry skills. See here for more details.