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International Lead Poisoning Awareness Week 2014

Lead paint is a major source of potential lead poisoning for young children. The International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO)and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), was established to raise awareness of the widespread availability of lead paint. Watch short videos from the WHO introducing the topic here.

See information about some of the activities carried out by IPEN Participating Organizations below.


Environment and Social Development Organization-ESDO

  • Carried out a procession in the city to raise awareness
  • Gave various media interviews:

- Daily Observer: Children for ban on lead based paints
- Daily Sun: Govt urged to ban production, import of lead-based paint
- News Today:Govt urged to ban lead contained paints


Centre de Recherche et d'Education pour le Développement (CREPD)


Toxics Link

  • Created a short video focused on lead and its hazards on human health (especially on children)


Center for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED)

- The Himalayn Times: Study finds lead dust a real threat to children

-  BBC Nepali New Services (27 October, 2014), with special science reporting that included a response from the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MOSTE)

- a special report in Anapurna Post daily (1 November, 2014):

Annapurna Post Daily


EcoWaste Coalition

Sri Lanka

  • Provided lead-safe paints to repaint Dear Kids pre-school in Kottawa (news story in The Nation)


Agenda for Environment and Responsible Development (AGENDA)


  • Prepared information for press and held a press conference (news story in The Citizen)
  • Visited and held an awareness-raising session with teachers and students at a primary school


AGENDA representative being interviewed by the press


  • Held an event entitled "Protect Thai Children's IQ from Lead Poisoning" at the National Children's Hospital, whicb consisted of policy roundtable discussions and exhibitions. A total of 193 people participated, including policy makers, pediatricians, toxicologists, childcare center teachers, paint manufacturers, journalists, academics, and others.
  • Released new data from a national survey of 129 Thai paint Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). The study by National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) found that 95% of Thai paint SMEs are willing to remove lead from paint but call on the government to issue a clear-cut policy, such as a mandatory standard, and implement strict enforcement measures to ensure compliance by all paint manufacturers. 

Gilbert Kuepouo, Director of CREPD, being interviewed on "Bonjour" television programParticipants of ESDO's action to raise awareness about the harms from lead paint (Photo by Daily Observer)Group of students at the primary school in Tanzania