Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
of Action Events and Media Coverage
This sections aims to highlight the media coverage of
events around the world that were a part of the WHO's International Lead
Poisoning Prevention Week of Action for 2014. The short excerpts are available
below. For the full article, please see the link provided.
Bahrain - MoH Marks International Lead Poisoning
Prevention Week of Action (http://www.bna.bh/portal/en/news/638907)
"Manama, Oct. 28. (BNA) – The Community Affairs
and Programmes Department of Public and international Relations Directorate at
the Ministry of Health (MOH) organised here today, an awareness campaign for
the Ministry of Health's staff, in cooperation with the Environmental Health
Department at Public Health Directorate to mark the International lead
poisoning prevention week of action entitled "Eliminate lead
Bangladesh - ESDO Celebrates 'Lead Poisoning Prevention
"DHAKA: Environment and Social Development
Organization (ESDO) has taken elaborated program to celebrate Lead Poisoning
Prevention Week (October 19-25).
This week is Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action,
an international event to build awareness that lead, a toxic metal harmful to
the environment and human health, is still being used in paint and other
More than 50 events are scheduled around the world as
part of the prevention week.
Activities in Bangladesh are being coordinated by ESDO
and include an art competition for school children and a human chain at the
National Press Club.
The human chain will start at 10:00am Friday, the 24th
October in front of the National Press Club.
The art competition will take place at 1.30pm at
Lalmatia Girls High School on Saturday, the October 25.
ESDO is a member of the Global Alliance to Eliminate
Lead Paint (GAELP), a jointly led initiative of the World Health Organization
and the United Nations Development Programme."
Kenya - Second National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
of Action From 21st to 24th October 2014 (http://www.kirdi.go.ke/international-lead-poisoning-prevention-week-19-25th-october-2014)
"Kenya plans to join the rest of the world in
marking the 2nd International Lead Poisoning Week from 21st to 24th October
2014. The institute has planned a series of related nationwide activities to
be held from 21st to 24th October, 2014 in order to engage stakeholders,
partners and media to collaborate and catalyze the efforts to eliminate lead
in paints. These are aimed at raising awareness, highlighting efforts of
stakeholders and urge further action to eliminate lead paint."
Nepal - Lead in Household and School Dust in Nepal (http://ipen.org/sites/default/files/documents/Lead_in_Household_and_School_Dust_in_Nepal_EN.pdf)
"Center for Public Health and Environmental
Development (CEPHED) under the ongoing project entitled "Eliminate Lead
Paints" from seven Asian countries including Nepal with the support of
IPEN and EUROPEAN UNION has brought this "National report, Lead in
Household and School dust in Nepal" is an important and positive step.
The lead level in household, hospital and school dusts and related
environmental and health related information included in this study report has
been expected to be very helpful to realize the possible protective
Sustain Labour - Global Lead Paint Elimination Picks Up
"A global campaign to eliminate lead in decorative
paints around the world is gathering steam as recognition grows that no level
of lead exposure in children can be considered safe and that decorative paints
have largely replaced gasoline as the largest source of lead contamination in
children living in developing countries."
Tanzania (AGENDA Organised Press Conference)
During the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
of Action, AGENDA prepared information for press, visited and held session
with one Primary school - teachers and pupils (about 450 students) on 21st and
22nd October 2014. AGENDA organized press conference at the school with
students demonstrating holding a lead poisoning prevention banner. The session
was followed by interview of AGENDA staff, one girl and one boy student who
called for their protection from lead poisoning.
Thailand - Lead Poisoning Prevention Campaign Launched
to Save Young Kids
"Thailand Industrial Standard Institute (TISI) is
now campaigning for awareness of the lead poisoning after children in Thailand
are still at greater risk from lead exposure.
The campaign is aimed at urging less use of lead as
ingredient in the production industry such as lead-based paints for
homes, children’s toys and household furniture.
There had been campaign in the past to scrap the mixture
of lead in gasoline, thus resulting in the drop in the level of lead poisoning
in children’s blood around the globe, including Thailand. But survey in
Thailand still revealed that young kids are at greater risk from lead
Recent survey of blood poisoning revealed that
elementary level students in central provinces had high level of lead
poisoning from contacts with paints from playground equipment and toys in
public parks and schools."
Uganda - Health Activists Call for Elimination of Lead
in Paint (http://ntv.co.ug/news/local/25/oct/2014/health-activists-call-elimination-lead-paint)
"Health activists in Uganda are calling for the
elimination of lead in paints in a bid to prevent its harmful effects on
children and pregnant women. Statistics from the World Health Organisation
show that the chemical, that’s widely used in paints and other beauty
products, kills over 143,000 people globally every year. the sensitization by
the Ugandan activists was held to mark the International Lead Poisoning
Prevention Awareness Week."
USA - NCHH Releases Blueprint for Action to Prevent
Childhood Exposure to Lead (http://www.nchh.org/tabid/139/default.aspx?ContentID=215)
"Columbia, MD (October 22, 2014) – Today, the
National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) released "Preventing Lead
Exposure in U.S. Children: A Blueprint for Action" – a report
describing the actions the government, advocates, and the private sector must
take to protect children from a disease that affects over a half-million
USA - October 19-25, 2014 is National Lead Poisoning
Prevention Week (http://www.clairemonttimes.com/2014/10/20/51331/october-19-25-2014-is-national-lead-poisoning-prevention-week)
"October 19-25, 2014 is National Lead Poisoning
Prevention Week in the City of San Diego and throughout the United States.
The City of San Diego will join the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in
recognizing this year’s theme: “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy
USA - National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Focuses on
"The week of Oct. 19-25, 2014 is designated as
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, an annual observance spearheaded by
the Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development."
Vietnam - Lead Poisoning Cases Soar (http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/society/115025/lead-poisoning-cases-soar.html)
"Prof. Pham Due from the Bach Mai General
Hospital's Poisoning Prevention Centre said that lead poisoning has made a
comeback in the country. He said it was caused mainly by the use of
traditional medicines, from exposure to paints with lead content, constant
proximity to gas stations and industrial waste pollution."
WHO - Is Lead Still a Problem?