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One in three children worldwide suffering lead poisoning, Unicef

One in Three Children Worldwide Suffering Lead Poisoning: UNICEF

GENEVA – According to UNICEF new report lead poisoning is predicted to affect about a third of the world’s children.
The researchers found that up to 800 million children worldwide have blood lead levels that require action.
The report, the first of its kind, says that around 1 in 3 children – up to 800 million globally – have blood lead levels at or above 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL), the level at which requires action. Nearly half of these children live in South Asia.
“With few early symptoms, lead silently wreaks havoc on children’s health and development, with possibly fatal consequences,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director.
“Knowing how widespread lead pollution is – and understanding the destruction it causes to individual lives and communities – must inspire urgent action to protect children once and for all.”
The report, The Toxic Truth: Children’s exposure to lead pollution undermines a generation of potential, is an analysis of childhood lead exposure undertaken by the Institute of Health Metrics Evaluation (IHME) and verified with a study approved for publication in Environmental Health Perspectives.
Almost half of these live in South Asia, according to the joint report by UNICEF and Pure Earth.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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