Five Actions to End Childhood Lead Poisoning Video

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Lead is poisoning around one in three children globally and is a major contributor to intellectual disability among children in low- and middle-income countries. As a result, vast economic and social potential is being lost from the widespread cognitive decline and the long-term health effects caused by lead poisoning. 

Childhood lead poisoning can result in learning disabilities and challenges that affect children’s executive functioning, impulse control and levels of aggression. A study by the Center for Global Development suggests that more than 20 per cent of the learning gap between rich and poor countries can be attributed to elevated levels of lead in the blood. 

This is why urgent action is needed now to end childhood lead poisoning globally. By working together, governments, the private sector and civil society can provide a comprehensive solution that will protect children’s health today and in the future. Learn more about what you can do here.