Children's environmental health

Childhood lead poisoning: Information for advocacy and action (UNEP, UNICEF 1999)

Lead poisoning is a serious health hazard with major socio-economic implications. Lead is a potent neurotoxin (nerve poison), particularly in children whose growing bodies are highly susceptible. Exposure to excessive levels of lead in air, water, soil and food is harmful to the health and intellectual development of millions of children and adults, in almost all regions of the world.

This booklet is the first in a UNEP-UNICEF information series dealing with environmental pollutants and their impacts on children. It explains how children are affected by lead poisoning, and shows various ways to combat this scourge.