WHO: International lead poisoning prevention week of action
21–27 October 2018
Extracts below. Full text here: http://www.who.int/ipcs/lead_campaign/objectives/en/
Lead poisoning is preventable, yet the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (1) has estimated that, based on 2016 data, lead exposure accounted for 540 000 deaths and 13.9 million years lost to disability and death due to long-term health effects, with the highest burden in developing regions. Of particular concern is the role of lead exposure in the development of intellectual disability in children.
Even though there is wide recognition of the harmful effects of lead and many countries have taken action, exposure to lead, particularly in childhood, remains of key concern to health care providers and public health officials worldwide.
An important source of domestic lead exposure, particularly in children, is paint containing high levels of lead. These paints are still widely available and used in many countries for decorative purposes, although good substitutes without lead are available...
During the campaign week, the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint aims to:
Raise awareness about health effects of lead poisoning;
Highlight countries and partners' efforts to prevent particularly childhood lead poisoning; and
Urge further action to eliminate lead paint through regulatory action at country level.
Official website of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint
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