Around 800 million children worldwide (ie one in three) suffer from lead poisoning with “potentially fatal consequences” for their health, particularly with regard to cognitive development, mainly due to poor recycling of car batteries. According to a study by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the NGO Pure Earth.
“The Toxic Truth: Children’s Exposure to Lead Contamination Undermines the Potential of a Generation,” conducted by the Institute of Health Metrics Assessment (IHME) and reviewed by the Environmental Health Perspectives, analyzes children’s exposure to world leaders, although there are case studies on Kathgora (Bangladesh), Tbilisi (Georgia), Agbogbloshie (Ghana), Pesarean (Indonesia) and the state of Morelos (Mexico).
The study, the first of its kind, shows that about one in three children worldwide, although almost half of them live in South Asia, have a blood lead level of at least 5 micrograms per deciliter (g / dL), “the level at which an intervention is required “.
Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, said: “Lead, which is hardly symptomatic at first, causes silent harm to the health and development of children with potentially fatal consequences.”