The WHO urges states to protect children from lead exposure’s harmful effects

On the occasion of the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, WHO urges countries to address lead paint as a first step. Children who live in developing countries are the most affected by lead exposure, which is estimated to contribute to 600 000 new cases of children with intellectual disabilities every year worldwide. Paints with lead are the most common and widespread polluting source for children (as they are compounds of toys, furniture, household dust, etc. the WHO urges state members to adopt regulations and procedures to eliminate the use of lead decorative paints and to provide information to the public on renovation of homes where lead paint may have already been applied. Worldwide, 30 countries have already phased out the use of lead paint. In 2013 the International Lead Poisoning Awareness Prevention Week of Action run from 20th to the 26th October.