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Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action October 19-25, 2014

October 19-25 is International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, sponsored by the World Health Organization. More than 50 events are scheduled around the world. IPEN Participating Organizations will host a number of these, including educational meetings in Armenia, school programs in Nepal, an art competition in Bangladesh, a new radio jingle in India, a banner raising in Indonesia, media activities in Cameroon and many more.

This newly released report shows that lead levels in dust from some households and schools in the Philippines are of high concern.

IPEN Co-Chair and EcoWaste Coalition Board Member Manny Calonzo speaks at the event. 

A successful event promoting a safe school environment that will prevent and reduce childhood lead and mercury exposure was recently held in the Philippines. The event, organized by IPEN Participating Organization EcoWaste Coalition, the European Union and the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), saw 200 people in attendance, including H.E. European Union Ambassador Guy Ledoux and DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje.

This article, published in the journal Environmental Research, examines lead concentrations in new decorative enamel paints in Armenia, Brazil, India and Kazakhstan. The impacts of regulatory limits and efforts of non-governmental organizations and others to stop the use of lead compounds in manufacturing paints were also studied.

Labeling dust sample for analysis

The Asian Lead Paint Elimination Project Partner Newsletter for May, 2014 is now available, and contains news about partners' work in sampling house dust for lead content, as well as information about the recent resolution on lead in paint passed at the Asia Pacific regional SAICM meeting and important new reports about lead in paint.

IPEN Participating Organization Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO) featured in this cover story from the Daily Observer:

 

Read page 2 of the story here.

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Rebecca Kessler is a science and environmental journalist based in Providence, RI.

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