IPEN and its Participating Organizations engage in a wide variety activities to eliminate lead in paint and raise widespread awareness about the adverse human health impacts of lead-based decorative paints, particularly on the health of children under six years old.
IPEN works with IPEN Participating Organizations to conduct periodic testing of paints, discuss lead paint elimination with small and medium size paint manufactures, work with governments to develop and implement mandatory lead paint standards and, where possible, develop and implement independent, third-party paint certification programs.
IPEN is working to eliminate lead in paint in more than 11 Asian countries. Lead elimination projects were begun in seven countries (Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand), through a three-year grant, funded by the European Union. Additional lead paint testing is now underway in a number of other Asian countries.
IPEN’s African Lead Paint Elimination Project is a 2.5-year project to eliminate lead in paint in four countries: Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, and Tanzania. The Project is funded by the Global Environment Facility with the United Nations Environment Programme as the Implementing Agency and IPEN as the Executing Agency. The project includes analytical studies of lead content of paints, public awareness activities, support for national legislation and paint industry engagement. The project will also facilitate start-up activities for lead paint elimination in a few additional African countries.
International Lead Poisoning Awareness Week:
Many IPEN organizations participated in the 2015 International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Some of the week’s activities can be viewed here.
Many IPEN organizations participated in the 2014 International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The week’s activities included production of a short film focused on lead and its hazards on human health in India, press releases and interviews on television stations in Cameroon and Nepal, and actions urging the government to ban the production and import of lead containing paints to ensure a safe environment and future in Bangladesh, amongst others.
IPEN organizations in thirty countries participated in the 2013 International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The week’s activities included the release of a new report from IPEN and UNEP documenting lead in paint in nine, geographically diverse countries and new national reports analyzing lead in paint in a number of other countries.
IPEN participates in the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint, a global partnership to eliminate lead in paint co-chaired by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).