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 0.6% of the global burden of disease, with the highest burden in developing regions. Childhood lead exposure is estimated to contribute to about 600 000 new cases of children with 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.

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143 000or 0.6% of the global burden of disease from lead exposure.

Lead exposure
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600 000new cases every year of children with intellectual disabilities from lead exposure.

Childhood lead poisoning
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Overall 99%of children affected by high exposure to lead live in low- and middle-income countries.

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