Ghana: E-waste is harming the health of children

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Sub-Saharan Africa

E-waste is growing three times faster than the world’s population. Globally as many as 18 million children and adolescents, and about 13 million women, are working in the informal sector, of which e-waste is a sub-sector. 

In Ghana, over 1.7 million children are estimated to have blood lead levels exceeding 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) - the level above which there is cause for concern. With millions of children’s lives at stake, we must take urgent action to end child labour and protect children’s health from the effects of e-waste.