“Lead sil ently wreaks havoc on children’s health and development.”
Why SANDEF Should CareLead poisoning is a public health crisis that harms hundreds of millions children worldwide. The United Nations calls on countries to shield children from this environmental hazard, while ensuring access to quality health care for those affected.
An estimated 1 in 3 children — roughly 800 million — around the world are poisoned with lead at levels associated with decreased intelligence and developmental challenges, a new report by UNICEF and the environmental nonprofit Pure Earth revealed.
Lead leaks into drinking water sources, fills the air in the form of dust particles, and contaminates foods, predominantly impacting people living in low-income countries and impoverished communities. This cumulative pollution has caused a global health crisis that undermines the future well-being of children across the globe, heightens inequality, and diminishes the potential of entire societies, according to the report.
The United Nations is calling for a globally coordinated effort to end this threat.
“With few early symptoms, lead silently wreaks havoc on children’s health and development, with possibly fatal consequences,” Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, said in a statement. “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.”