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International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action

Place: Global
Date: 20-26 October 2013

“Eliminate lead in paint” is this year's theme for the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Awareness Campaign Week of Action on 20–26 October.

During the campaign week, WHO and UNEP will encourage and facilitate efforts globally to eliminate lead paint and to:

  • raise awareness about lead poisoning;
  • highlight countries and partners' efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning; and
  • urge further action to eliminate lead paint.

Lead poisoning is entirely preventable, yet childhood lead exposure is estimated to contribute to about 600 000 new cases of intellectual disabilities every year. Even though there is wide recognition of this problem and many countries have taken action, exposure to lead, particularly in childhood, remains of key concern to health-care providers and public health officials worldwide.

This event presents a unique opportunity to increase awareness around the world of the importance of eliminating lead in paint. Visit the multilingual web site for International Lead Poisoning Prevention Awareness Campaign Week and register any events that you are planning in support of the campaign.