International Programme on Chemical Safety

International lead poisoning prevention week of action

Lead poisoning is entirely preventable, yet lead exposure is estimated to account for 674 000 deaths and 13.9 million disability adjusted life years (DALYs) per year due to long-term effects on health. The highest burden is in developing regions. Of particular concern is the role of lead exposure in the development of intellectual disability in children. 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.

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674 000estimated number of deaths due to long-term effects of lead.

Public health impact of chemicals: knowns and unknowns

9.8%cases of idiopathic intellectual disability attributable to lead exposure.

Childhood lead poisoning
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Overall 98%of children whose health is affected by high exposure to lead live in low- and middle-income countries.