International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2018

From 21 to 27 October 2018 the international lead poisoning prevention week of action will take place, with a particular focus on eliminating lead paint. Lead poisoning is preventable, yet the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation 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 effects on health, 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 this problem 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. The official website for the ILPPW is maintained by the World Health Organization.

Lead in paint

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have established the joint initiative Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (Lead Paint Alliance) to prevent children’s exposure to lead from paints containing lead and to minimize occupational exposures to lead paints.

The broad objective is to promote a phase-out of the manufacture and sale of paints containing lead and eventually eliminate the risks from such paint. Furthermore, the Overall Orientation and Guidance for achieving the SAICM 2020 goal, in particular, has identified that SAICM stakeholders in countries where lead paint remains in use should continue their efforts to regulate lead in paints and reinforce those efforts as a key risk reduction achievement in line with the targets set out in the Global Alliance business plan.

Governments, industry and civil society organizations in all regions are encouraged to organize related activities in cooperation with the Global Alliance.

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