A third of children worldwide are poisoned with lead

The consequences of lead poisoning in children are so serious that they can disrupt their mental health.

abilities and even lead to death. This substance is especially dangerous for young children, since the amount of lead that is absorbed in their body is many times greater than that of adults. However, this problem has not received due attention, especially in developing countries.

The report states that about one of theThree children, out of 800 million worldwide, have blood lead levels of 5 micrograms per deciliter (μg / dL) or higher. Almost half of these children live in South Asia.

For mild early symptoms, leadsilently damages the health and development of children, which can lead to fatal consequences. Knowing how widespread lead pollution is, and understanding how it harms individual lives and communities, should inspire us to take urgent action to protect children once and for all.

Henrietta Faure, UNICEF Executive Director

The cause of such a disaster was an informal andpoor quality disposal of lead-acid batteries. Children living in low- and middle-income countries, which have tripled the number of vehicles since 2000, are particularly vulnerable. Other sources of childhood lead exposure include metal trapped in the water from lead pipes, lead-based paints and pigments, lead solder in cans, and so on.

The studies were carried out in Bangladesh, Georgia, Ghana, Indonesia and Mexico.

Regardless, lead can be safely recycled and lead contaminated areas can be recovered, but this must be done, says Richard Fuller, president of Pure Earth.

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