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International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2019

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International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2019

The international lead poisoning prevention week of action is observed on 20 to 26 October 2019. This action is particularly focused on eliminating lead paint.

The objectives

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.

International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week raises awareness and promotes actions to address the human health effects of lead exposure, especially for children. During the week, governments, academia, industry and civil society advance efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning, and specifically laws to eliminate lead in paint.


International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2019


International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2019


Lead poisoning is preventable, yet the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation has estimated that in 2017 lead exposure accounted for 1.06 million deaths and 24.4 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.


In eliminating lead paint countries will contribute to the achievement of the following Sustainable Development Goal targets:

  • 3.9: By 2030 substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water, and soil pollution and contamination.
  • 12.4 By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment.


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