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Eighth International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2020

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The eighth International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPW) takes place on 25–31 October 2020. ILPPW is an initiative of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (the Lead Paint Alliance), which is jointly led by the UN Environment Programme and WHO.  

International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPW) raises awareness and promotes actions to address the health impacts of lead exposure, especially on children, pregnant women, and workers. During the week, governments, academia, civil society organizations, and industry advance efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning, and accelerate efforts to phase out the use of lead in paint.

Lead poisoning and health (Key Facts)

  • Lead is a cumulative toxicant that affects multiple body systems and is particularly harmful to young children.
  • Lead in the body is distributed to the brain, liver, kidney and bones. It is stored in the teeth and bones, where it accumulates over time. Human exposure is usually assessed through the measurement of lead in blood.
  • Lead in bone is released into blood during pregnancy and becomes a source of exposure to the developing fetus.
  • There is no level of exposure to lead that is known to be without harmful effects.
  • Lead exposure is preventable.
  • Lead exposure can have serious consequences for the health of children.
  • At high levels of exposure, lead attacks the brain and central nervous system to cause coma, convulsions and even death.
  • Children who survive severe lead poisoning may be left with mental retardation and behavioural disorders.
  • At lower levels of exposure that cause no obvious symptoms lead is now known to produce a spectrum of injury across multiple body systems. In particular lead can affect children’s brain development resulting in reduced intelligence quotient (IQ), behavioural changes such as reduced attention span and increased antisocial behavior, and reduced educational attainment.
  • Lead exposure also causes anaemia, hypertension, renal impairment, immunotoxicity and toxicity to the reproductive organs.
  • The neurological and behavioural effects of lead are believed to be irreversible.


Actions for Government, Industry and Civil Society

What can governments do?

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Source of info: Eighth International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

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