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International lead poisoning prevention week of action

From 23 to 29 October, HEAL as a partner of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead in Paint is supporting the international lead poisoning prevention week of action.

Lead poisoning is preventable, yet the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimated that in 2013 lead exposure accounted for 853,000 deaths and 16.8 million disability adjusted life years due to long-term effects on health, with the highest burden in developing regions. Of particular concern to health care providers and public health officials worldwide is exposure to lead, particularly in childhood.

International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is an initiative of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint and is jointly supported by WHO, UNEP and US Environmental Protection Agency. HEAL is a partner of the campaign.

The campaign provides an opportunity to mobilise political and social commitment for further progress to protect health. The theme of this year is the work still needed to achieve the goal of all countries having legally binding controls on lead paint by 2020. During this year’s campaign week, the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint aims to:

• Raise awareness about lead poisoning;

• Highlight countries and partners’ efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning, and;

• Urge further action to eliminate lead paint.

For more information take a look at this video statement by Dr Maria Neira, WHO Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. The video explains the importance for countries to eliminate lead paint. (Available in English, French, and Spanish).

At the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, governments called for the phase-out of lead-based paint. The Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (Lead Paint Alliance) was formed in 2011 to promote the phase-out of the manufacture and sale of paints containing lead and eventually to eliminate the risks that such paints pose.

A key requirement to achieve this is the establishment of appropriate national regulatory frameworks to stop the manufacture, import, export, distribution, sale and use of lead paints and products coated with lead paints. The Lead Paint Alliance set a target that by 2020 all countries should have in place such a regulatory framework, with a view to phasing out the use of lead paint altogether.

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Originally posted on 28 October 2016

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