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High-Income Countries, Industry Leaders Should Invest In Global Efforts To Reduce Lead’s Environmental, Health Hazards

New York Times: The Poisoning of Children Around the World
Richard Fuller, president of Pure Earth, and Jack Caravanos, professor of environmental health at the CUNY School of Public Health

“…Severe, persistent lead poisoning is occurring throughout low- and middle-income countries on a massive scale. … Some of the adverse health impacts from lead include neurological damage, a decrease in IQ, anemia, increased blood pressure, chronic headaches, and infertility. … Low- and middle-income countries need help to build a functional, formal infrastructure to collect and safely recycle used lead-acid car batteries. … Ongoing health surveillance, environmental monitoring, and government accountability are crucial systemic elements that must be part of the solution. … The U.S. and other high-income nations, along with industry leaders, need to step up and provide development assistance to address this environmental health crisis and put an end to the mass poisoning of children around the world” (8/5).

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