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LEAD Action News Volume 15 Number 1, January 2015, ISSN 1324-6011
Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News (ISSN 1440-0561)
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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 paint"."

Bangladesh - ESDO Celebrates 'Lead Poisoning Prevention Week' (http://www.banglanews24.com/en/fullnews/bn/100824.html)

"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 consumer products.

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 measures."

Sustain Labour - Global Lead Paint Elimination Picks Up Steam (http://www.sustainlabour.org/puntodevista.php?lang=EN&idpuntodevista=807)

"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.

Lead Free Kids - Wakinge Watoto  - Tanzania

  Watoto Tunahitaji Kulindwa DHDI Ya  Risasi

  Wiki ya kimataifa ya kujiepusha na madhara ya madini ya risisi 19-25 Oktoba 2014

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 exposure.

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 children."

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 Future.”"

USA - National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Focuses on Kids (http://www.seviernewsmessenger.com/2014/10/18/lead-poisoning-prevention-week-2014/)

"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?




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