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LEAD Action News Volume 14 Number 1, October  2013, ISSN 1324-6011
Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News (ISSN 1440-0561)
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WHO website: Planned NGO Lead Week of Action 2013 Events

Compiled by the World Health Organization, downloaded 18 October 2013, from http://www.who.int/ipcs/assessment/public_health/events/en/index.html

Artist: Samuel Tetsopgang, Ask your health department or the manufacturer before you buy paints, so you know which brands have no added lead.

Graphic: Volcano Art Prize 2012 Entry. Artist: Samuel Tetsopgang, Research and Education Centre for Development (CREPD), (Centre de Recherche et d'Education pour le Développement), Yaounde, Cameroon. Lead-Safety Message: Ask your health department or the manufacturer before you buy paints, so you know which brands have no added lead.  http://volcanoartprize.com/portfolio-item/lead-in-paints-africa/

Say No to Lead Paint (সীসা যুক্ত রং-েক না বলুন)

Organization: Environment and Social Development Organization-ESDO

City/Area: Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi

Country: Bangladesh

Brief description of event: We are planning to organize public awareness, policy advocacy through medial campaign and children participation. The following activities being planned: Rally, children art competition, Mobile poster and photograph exhibition (highlight the impact of leaded paint to human health & environment), Release video clips through Youtube and other social media, Report launching through press briefing on Laboratory test and country situation.

Start date: 20/10/2013

End date: 22/10/2013

Related web site: http://www.esdo.org

Name: Siddika Sultana

2013 Volcano Art Prize Awards, Lead Safe World Project Launch

Organization: The Lead Education and Abatement Design (LEAD) Group Inc.

City/Area: Sydney

Country: Australia

Brief description of event: At the event, The LEAD Group is going to hold the Award Ceremony for the 2013 Volcano Art Prize (a global lead-safety art/graphics/photography competition) and the launch 2014 Lead-Safe World CALENDAR and launch the Lead Safe World Project (a web-based nexus of simple useful information and referrals on how to make your home, workplace and yourself and family lead-safe).

Start date: 26/10/2013

End date: 26/10/2013

Related web site: www.leadsafeworld.com

http://volcanoartprize.com

Name: Elizabeth O'Brien

Building a Toxic Free Community - Enough Of Lead Poisoning!

Organization: Young Volunteers for the Environment, Nigeria

City/Area: Lagos and Ibadan

Country: Nigeria

Brief description of event: Lead Poisoning has become a silent threat to the lives of many people in Nigeria. As a result of rapid industrial development, millions of people are drinking polluted water, eating polluted food and using everyday objects that contain hazardous chemicals. In Nigeria today, recent investigation shows that there are increasing numbers of death associated with hazardous chemicals and persistent organic pollutants. Many deaths have recorded due to chemical pollution in water and food. The most vulnerable groups are children and young people.

The event would serve as an avenue to create community awareness on lead poisoning.

Start date: 24/10/2013

End date: 25/10/2013

Name: Prince.Olawuyi Oluwaseyi

Advocacy Program on Lead in air, dust, soil, paint and blood

Organization: LEADERS Nepal

City/Area: Kathmandu

Country: Nepal

Brief description of event: LEADERS Nepal is working in this area with the support of QSP Trust fund and air, dust, paint samples have been collected and blood sampling is going on. Report of these research will be published and organize other advocacy programs with other I/NOGs to the general people.

Start date: 23/10/2013

End date: 26/10/2013

Related web site: http:/www.leadersnepal.org.np

Name: Dhiraj Pokhrel

Public awareness campaign on lead free paint/material and child health

Centre for Environmental Justice/ Friends of the Earth Sri Lanka

City/Area: Colombo

Country: Sri Lanka

Brief description of event: CEJ will hold several activities together with the relevant government authorities to educate public on the importance of using lead free paint, and other lead free material for saving children life.

Start date: 20/10/2013

End date: 26/10/2013

Related web site: http://www.ejustice.lk

Name: Hemantha Withanage and Chalani Rubasinghe

Strategic Advocacy and Awareness Raising: BEWARE! Poisonous lead around

Sustainable Research and Action for Environmental Development (SRADev Nigeria)

City/Area: Lagos

Country: Nigeria

Brief description of event: Following the success achieved from the global lead in paint study, an advocacy seminar/meeting will be held with Paint Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMAN)to urge for collaborative action to eliminate lead in Nigerian paints (for alternatives) known now to be among the highest in the world. This will be followed by an NGO sensitisation workshop highlighting the experiences of the Zamfara lead poisoning incident and NGO collective action. The week will round up with a meet-media-event in form of a press conference highlighting childhood lead poisoning and releasing a petition to the Federal government on absence of a comprehensive legislation on lead control despite the Zamfara lessons.

Start date: 20/10/2013

End date: 25/10/2013

Related web site: http://www.sradev.org

Name: Leslie Adogame

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action

Our Own Public Health Institute (OOPHI)

City/Area: Karachi

Country: Pakistan

Brief description of event: Events may include public information campaigns, technical webinars and learning sessions, conferences and meetings to engage key decision-makers, and much more.

Start date: 20/10/2013

End date: 26/10/2013

Related web site: n/a

Name: Dr Farhan Abdul Rauf

International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action - 20-26 October 2013

The Just Environment Charitable Trust (Toxics Link)

City/Area: New Delhi

Country: India

Brief description of event: The Just Environment Charitable Trust (Toxics Link) will carry out public awareness activities during the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action from 20-26 October 2013. These activities are as follows: 1. A Workshop in collaboration with WHO with stakeholders

2. Radio Talk Shows

3. School Program

4. Signature campaign

Start date: 20/10/2013

End date: 26/10/2013

Related web site: http://www.toxicslink.org

Name: Shivani Bhakhry

"Color pencils with and without lead: what is difference"

ENVIRONMENTAL AMBASSADORS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

City/Area: Beograd

Country: Republic of Serbia

Brief description of event: We plan to have "open hour" with Eco-Schools in Serbia on subject "Color pencils with and without lead: what is difference". Knowledgeable lecturers will be assured through IPA EU ENV.net project, and central venue will be granted from one of the schools. Media coverage will be through partnership with Press Center (granted).

Start date: 21/10/2013

End date: 23/10/2013

Related web site: http://ambassadors-env.com/en

Name: Filip Jovanovic

Exposition prévention du saturnisme Mairie de Montreuil

Mission saturnisme

City/Area: Montreuil

Country: France

Brief description of event: Exhibition on lead poisoning in a social center (settlement) for the whole week, screening of the prevention movie in 14 languages, article in the local newspaper

Start date: 21/10/2013

End date: 26/09/2013

Related web site: http://www.montreuil.fr/sante/hygiene-sante-habitat/lutte-contre-le-saturnisme

Name: BUISSON Yves

Regional Lead Awareness Conference  Toxics Link,

Maulana Azad Medical College, Lata Medical Research Foundation and WHO Regional Office for South East Asia

City/Area: New Delhi

Country: India

Brief description of event: The objectives of the Regional Conference are to: 1) Raise awareness of the issue of lead poisoning from paints containing lead.

2) provide an update on the statis of lead poisoning in the South-East Asia Region including the scientific evidence for health impacts.

3) Review the status of actions in WHO South-East Asia Region aimed at eliminating lead from paint.

4) Discuss and identify cooperative actions that could be taken in the WHO South-East Asia Region with appropriate milestones for 2014-2015.

Participants will include interested Government Ministries, academic institutions, medical associations, analytical laboratories, industry, non-governmental organizations working for a better environment, media and consumer organizations from India and other countries in the region.

Start date: 24/10/2013

End date: 25/10/2013

Related web site: n/a

Name: Toxics Link (Shivani Bhakhry)

Présentation des informations et des données sur les peintures décoratives vendues sur le marché ivoirien

Jeunes Volontaires pour l'Environnement (JVE) Côte d'Ivoire

City/Area: Abidjan

Country: Cote d'Ivoire

Brief description of event: As part of the Global Week of lead in decorative paints elimination, JVE Ivory Coast is organizing a series of activities. It will start with a press conference to present the results of the determination of lead content in decorative paints sold on the domestic market, October 21 at 16:00 GMT.

October 23, 2013 at 15:00 GMT, a panel discussion will be held with all stakeholders to discuss the question of the future of lead paints sold in Côte d'Ivoire.

On October 25, 2013 at 15:00 GMT, a film projection about the environmental effects of lead in paints as well as those inherent in other heavy metals will be held. The film projection will be followed by a consumer education on paints choice.

Start date: 21/10/2013

End date: 25/10/2013

Related web site: n/a

Name: Dominique Bally

Media advocacy on the elimination of lead paint in Uganda

Uganda Network on Toxic Free Malaria Control (UNETMAC)

City/Area: Kampala

Country: Uganda

Brief description of event: We will conduct a media advocacy on the elimination of lead paint in Uganda. This will include conducting two radio talk shows, one TV talk show and one article in one of the national news papers. If resources allow, we will also conduct a press conference that will include both the print and electronic media.

Start date: 21/10/2013

End date: 27/10/2013

Related web site: http://www.unetmac.org

Name: Mr. Muyambi Ellady

(1). Releasing of Study of Lead in Paint in Nepal 2013.

(2) Radio Talk Program and Media campaign on Lead in Paints and its impact.

(3). School Awareness Programs

(4). Discussion on Lead Paint Elimination with SMEs Paint Manufacturers  Center for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED)

City/Area: Kathmandu,

Country: Nepal

Brief description of event: CEPHED along with the concerned stakeholders and government agencies will be organising a series of programs.

As there is National Festivals in October and November 2013 just before and after planned Lead Poison prevention week, we have planned these activities from 1st of October itself. People use to paint their houses for this festival in Nepal.

Based on our study and ongoing campaign on LEAD PAINT ELIMINATION, we are going to release our 3rd batch of study reports on Lead in Paint, organising a radio talk program and media campaign, school program and meeting with SMEs of paint manufacturing companies.

Start date: 01/10/2013

End date: 26/10/2013

Related web site: n/a

Name: Ram Charitra Sah, Executive Director, CEPHED, Nayabasti, Imadol-5,Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal

No Lead in enamel paints

"Khazer" Ecological and Cultural NGO

City/Area: Yerevan

Country: Armenia

Brief description of event: Within the period of the project we provide publishing booklets and posters and organizing meetings in Yerevan and Hrazdan Public Environmental Information /Aarhus/ Centers involving civil society, Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Health, business sector which produces or imports those paints, as well as the consumers community. We also will organize press-conferences with media for the dissemination of this information, especially among vulnerable groups of children and young people.

Start date: 20/10/2013

End date: 26/10/2013

Related web site: http://www.khazer.org

Name: Amalia Hambartsumyan

Grow Healthy Without Lead Paint (Tumbuh Sehat Tanpa Cat Bertimbal)

BALIFOKUS

City/Area: Bali

Country: Indonesia

Brief description of event: The event is themed as "Fun Day" at Early Childhood Education Center. This "Fun Day is aimed for early childhood educators, parents, and students. The event will be organized at early childhood facilities in Denpasar, Bali. In addition, radio talk sessions will also be held to promote the danger of lead in paint, during the International Week of Action on Prevention of Lead Poisoning.

Start date: 20/10/2013

End date: 26/10/2013

Related web site: http://balifokus.asia

Name: Armyn Gita

Thailand Lead Poisoning Prevention Day วันป้องกันภัยจากพิษตะกั่ว Ecological Alert and Recovery - Thailand (EARTH);

Ramathibodi Hospital's Research Center for Child Safety Promotion and Injury Prevention; Foundation for Consumers; Bureau of Occupational and Environmental Diseases, Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health; Office of Consumer Protection Board; and the Engineering Institute of Thailand

City/Area: Bangkok

Country: Thailand

Brief description of event: A day of action to raise awareness among parents and consumers about the danger of lead to children’s health, jointly organized by Thai NGOs, health professionals and government agencies.

Events include free IQ testing and blood lead testing for children, free XRF screening of lead in consumer products, as well as seminars and exhibitions to showcase the latest research findings on leaded paint sold in the Thai market, past experiences by the government in removing lead from other consumer products, and the prevalent danger of lead in many occupational environments.

Free admission at Ramathibodi Hospital.

Start date: 23/10/2013

End date: 23/10/2013

Related web site: https://www.facebook.com/Burananives.EARTHailand and http://thaiecoalert.org

Name: Nicha Rakpanichmanee

Lobbying and information campaign

Greenwomen, Analytical Environmental Agency

City/Area: Almaty

Country: Kazakhstan

Brief description of event: Campaign to raise awareness includes preparing a press release and information for distribution through the Greenwomen’s listserv to local and national mass media, NGOs and government agencies. The information will be distributed a few times per week; the Greenwomen’s web-site and the Greenwomen’s Facebook Toxic Free Future page also will be updated.

Lobbying campaign includes preparation of a statement to the government of Kazakhstan urging it to stop the manufacture and sale of lead paint, and to minimize the risk of exposure public to such paint. Greenwomen also will prepare the recommendations aimed at improving the legislation related to chemical safety.

Start date: 20/10/2013

End date: 26/10/2013

Related web site: http://www.greenwomen.kz

Name: Lydia Astanina

Commemoration of International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action in Nepal

Ministry of Science Technology and Environment, Ministry of Health and Population, World health

City/Area: Kathmandu

Country: Nepal

Brief description of event: The following activities are planned under the aegies of a task force formed to commemorate the week, chaired by Ministry of Science, Technology and environment and secretariated by WHO, Country Office for Nepal: Press briefing for public awareness, 20 October,MoSTE, MoHP, WHO

Interaction with labour unions and trade unions to create awareness among occupational painters, 21 October, LEADERS

High level meeting on prevention of lead toxicity, 23 October, MoSTE, MoHP and WHO

Interviews in FM radios, Dr Shyam Lohani, NDPIC, September and October

Dissemination of lead awareness materials, 20-26 October, CEPHED (supported by WHO)

Dust sampling in residential areas for assessment of lead concentration 22-26 October LEADERS

Press release 26 October MoSTE

Start date: 20/10/2013

End date: 26/10/2013

Related web site: n/a

Name: Ashok Bhurtyal

Lobbying and target Lead Poisoning awareness raising for the completion of nation legislation/standard to limit the lead concentration in paints marketed in Cameroon the Centre de Recherche et d'Education pour le Développement (CREPD)

City/Area: Yaoundé

Country: Cameroon

Brief description of event: The event will comprise of one workshop regrouping officials from key government ministries, consumer associations and pediatricians to advance in the process of transforming the recommandation made by the stakeholders during the two national workshops carried out within the QSP Lead Paint project in Cameroon. It is a follow up action aiming to convent critical mass that will serve as leverage for policy change, and industry responsibility; And of Lead poisoning outreach to vulnerable population groups .

Start date: 21/10/2013

End date: 26/10/2013

Related web site: www.crepdcameroon.org

Name: Gilbert KUEPOUO, Coordinator/Executive Director

Press Conference on the Results of the 2013 Paint Analysis

EcoWaste Coalition

City/Area: Quezon City

Country: Philippines

Brief description of event: The EcoWaste Coalition will hold a Press Conference to publicize the results of the 2013 Paint Sampling and Analysis and release a report on this study that will present new data on the lead content of household enamel paints that are offered for sale in the Philippine market. This is the third time that the EcoWaste Coalition had paints analyzed in the country for lead. Previous studies were conducted in 2008 and 2010. The studies were conducted to determine the extent of lead paints in local commerce, and generate evidence to support policy initiatives to eliminate lead paint.

Start date: 23/10/2013

End date: 23/10/2013

Related web site: http://ecowastecoalition.blogspot.com

Name: Jeiel Guarino

Together  NGO "Terra-1530"

City/Area: Vorniceni village, Straseni district, Republic of Moldova

Country: Republic of Moldova

Brief description of event: Anti- Lead Paint Caravan: Vorniceni-Lozova-Micleuseni, Dolna, Galesti-Zubresti-Recea-Ghelauza.

Start date: 20/10/2013

End date: 26/10/2013

Related web site: http://terra1530.md

Name: Petru Botnaru

The information campaign for the public "Lead in household paint"
NGO “Independent Ecological Expertise”

City/Area: Bishkek

Country: Kyrgyzstan

Brief description of event: During the week October 20-26, 2013 our organization will conduct the information campaign for the public. We will prepare and disseminate to the news a summary of results of the study (the global report) in 9 countries “Lead in household paints”, supported by IPEN (October 2012-March 2013). In the different media (newspapers, websites) to be published information about results of study in Kyrgyzstan and the harmful effects of lead paint. There will also be distributed our booklet (in Russian and Kyrgyz) among decision makers, educational institutions and retail outlets who sell paint.

Start date: 20/10/2013

End date: 26/10/2013

Related web site: www.eco-expertise.org

Name: Zulfizar Mirdzhalalova

Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future (Public School Assembly/Media Event:)  EcoWaste Coalition

City/Area: Kamuning Elementary School, Sct. Torillo St., Bgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City

Country: Philippines

Brief description of event: The EcoWaste Coalition, together with key government and civil society stakeholders, and in partnership with Kamuning Elementary School will hold a public assembly with a theme “Lead Free Kids for a Healthy Future” to jump-start the celebration of the 1st International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action. This event will be covered by various TV, radio, print and alternative media. (This event was originally scheduled on 20 October 2013, but the school venue will be unavailable at that time, hence the rescheduling to 18 October, 2013.)

Start date: 18/10/2013

End date: 18/10/2013

Related web site: http://ecowastecoalition.blogspot.com

Name: Jeiel Guarino

L'élimation du plomb de la peinture  Association de l'Education Environnementale pour les Futures Générations

City/Area: Tunis

Country: Tunisia

Brief description of event: Sensibilisation des collègiens et étudiants sue les effets nocifs du plomb sur la santé et les impacts sur l'environnement.

Start date: 20/10/2013

End date: 26/10/2013

Name: Semia Gharbi

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