ESDO: Comprehensive regulation needed to ban lead paints

Lead poisoning continues to be the most common cause of children’s death in Bangladesh and the country needs a separate regulation to tackle this, says the Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO).

The organization raised the demand during a human chain program in front of the High Court in Dhaka on Saturday, on the occasion of  International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPW), according to a press release.

Hundreds of students, including members of ESDO, girl’s guides, and volunteers from different universities joined the human chain with banners, placards, festoons, and raised their voices in support of a world free of lead paint.

The main focus of this event was to highlight the need to accelerate progress towards the global phase-out of lead paint through regulatory and legal measures.

According to ESDO, one of the most common forms of childhood lead exposure is lead paint that can cause persistent and irreparable brain damage in children's growing brains.

Lead paint can also lower the intelligence quotient (IQ) and attention span, as well as degrade learning capacity and raise the likelihood of behavioural disorders, said the release.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that there is no safe level of lead exposure in human health.

An initiative of the Lead Paint Alliance, ILPPW aims to raise awareness about the health effects of lead exposure, highlight the efforts of countries and partners to prevent lead exposure, particularly in children; and urge further action to eliminate lead in paint through regulatory action at country level.

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