Kathmandu, 22nd October 2017, A week long International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action (ILPPWA) 2017 program has been launched in Nepal by Center for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED) and LEADERS Nepal together and planned week long programs in collaboration with Department of Environment, Ministry of Population and Environment (MOPE), Government of Nepal in association with Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ), Nepal Bar Association, PRO PUBLIC, CELSAC, EDFL, Kathmandu Medical College and Samyak Diagnostic Pvt. Ltd. etc.supported by WHO Country Office for Nepal and IPEN. ILPPW 2017 has globally called by Global Alliance to Elimination Lead Paint (GAELP), a joint initiative of WHO and UNEP aiming towards protection public health especially children and environment from the toxic ill effects of lead in paints.
Lead effects all group of people and more specifically to the children health. It affects physical, mental and intellectual developments of the growing child more prominently age up to 6 years. Lead poisoning is entirely preventable. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) has estimated in 2013 that lead exposure accounted for 800 000 deaths and lead exposure costs 977 billion dollors in law and middle inclone countries with the highest burden in Asia. IHME also estimated that lead exposure accounts for 9.3% of the global burden of idiopathic intellectual disability (i.e. intellectual disability not due to known causes such as genetic factors), 4% of the global burden of ischaemic heart disease and 6.6% of the global burden of stroke. There is no known safe level of lead for human body. In Nepal loss of lifetime economic potential due to exposure to lead among 5 years young children were estimated about 1.5 Billion International US$ annually. Which were about 4 % of the country GDP, much higher than the revenue received by the government from all lead related business in Nepal, also an equivalent of construction of about 58000 fully furnished class room and therefor an urgent need more effectiveness in implemention of lead paint standard promulgated by the government of Nepal despite of being increasingly implemented as shown by our recent study, strongly stressed by Ram Charitra Sah, Executive Director and Environment Scientist, CEPHED.
According to the recent complaicne monitoring study of Lead Paint Standard conducted by Center for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED) and LEADERS Nepal by testing lead in paint in some 37 paints of 18 different paint industries collected from Kathmandu Valley and wesern part of Nepal in a Government Acreditated Laboratory named NESS Pvt. LTD using AAS (Atomic Absorption Spectoscopy) method clearly showing increased implementation of the lead paint standard but more effectivementss is needed yet. Study revealed that over 59.46 per cent of paits (by number) have been found fully comply with the Government of Nepal standard of 90 ppm against just 30 per cent compliance during the year 2016 by the ministry itself. This is two fold improvement in compliance status over one year period is quite encourating and definetly contribute towards protection of public health especially children health and environment. Out of 18 Paints Industries products are being tested recently, Eight paints` industries products viz: Indigo, Berger, Yeti, Relaiance, Salimar India, Kansai Nepal Paint, Indian Paints, American Paints The Anderson are found to be fully complying the 90 ppm lead paint standard. Seven paints`s industries products viz: Gauri Shankar, Jasmin, Jenis, Apolo, Artee, G7, American Paint Industry are being found not complying the standard. The maximum lead in paint found is 50347.22 ppm which is 560times more than the standard. Whereas at leas one of the following three paints industries products viz: Asian Paints, Pasupati Paints and Nepal Paint Industries are being found not complying the standad of 90 ppm. Additionally none of the paint industries have been found adopted the other two important provisions inbuilt in Paint Stndard about mandatory labeling of exact lead content and provide the precautionary message for occupational safety on the paints can as per the Nepalese lead paint standad. It is sad to fold old highly leaded paints still exist in market shelves available to be sold and used.
Another studies of Lead in Blood of children of Kathmandu Valley the capital city and Dhran-Biratnagar industrial corridor, Birgunj, industrial city of Nepal revealed maximum per centage of children had elevated lvel of lead in their blood at the level that leads to reduce their physical, metal and intellectual growth and economic potential called for even more effective implementation of the lead paint standard said Mr. Sah.
There is an urgent need of effective implementation of standard and protection of children from elevated blood lead level as well as environmental burden of lead and therefore called for active participation in the week long celebration program of International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (IMPPW 2017) from October 22 to 28. l.
This year the key message of the ILPPW has been “LEAD FREE KIDS for A HEALTHY FUTURE can be aimed to achieve in Nepal from Elimination of Lead Paits through increased Effective Implementation of Lead Paint Standard of Nepal”
The week long program scheduled to be organized by CEPHED & LEADERS Nepal, in collaboration with Department of Environment with the support of WHO Country Office for Nepal and IPEN as well as all in assoicaiton with NEFEJ, Nepal Bar Associaton, PRO PUBLIC, Kathmandu Medical College and Samyak Diagnostic Pvt. Ltd and other concerned stakeholder are listed below and request for your active participations.
Oct. 22 to 28, Radio Jingle on Lead Paint standard will be Aired from Radio Sagarmatha FM 102.4 MHz
Oct. 22 to 28 TV PSA on Lead Paint Standard from Kantipur Television, between 6:30 to 7 Pm
22rd October (Kartik 5) : KICK OFF program of International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPW), 2017 at REPORTER CLUB, Vrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu, Nepal at 1:00 PM
24 October (Kartik 7): LEAD PAINT ELIMINATION Orientation Training for Journalists at Alfa Beta House, 9:30 to 1 PM
25 October (Kartik 10):. LEAD PAINT ELIMINATION Orientation Training for Lawyers at Alfa Beta House, 1 to 6 PM
October 28(Kartik 11): LEAD PAINT ELIMINATION Orientation Training for Doctors at Alfa Beta House, 10 to 1 PM