Fact sheets

Remove Lead Dust

Children can become lead poisoned from lead in dust. Sometimes lead paint can become ground up into dust. This dust will get mixed in with regular dust in your house. Young children will eat this dust when they put dirty fingers or toys in their mouths.

Tips for parents to prevent lead poisoning in young children

Wash kids hands often. Wash windows, doorways, floors and dusty areas with a wet mop or cloth. Cover or block peeling or flaking paint and areas where there is dust, like old windows. Have kids play in a grassy area or a sandbox, not in ba

Lead at work: Don’t bring it home!

Children can suffer from lead poisoning if you bring lead home on your work clothes or shoes. Lead dust can harm children. Dust can get on children’s hands and toys. Young children swallow this dust when they put their hands and toys in their mouths. A little lead

Understanding your child’s lead test results

What does my child’s blood level mean? The amount of lead in your child’s blood, called a blood lead level, tells you if your child has been exposed to lead and if your child is lead poisoned. Even a small amount of lead can affect a child’s health and learning. Lead poisoning

Tips for pregnant women

Clean your home when you see dust or chipping paint. Dust and chipping paint in your home can have lead in it. Wash all painted surfaces, floors, and dusty areas with a wet mop or wet cloth. Use warm soapy water and rinse often. Cover chipped paint .

Lead poisoning: Danger in every corner

What is lead poisoning? When lead gets into the body it is poison and harms people. Even a small amount of lead can affect a child’s learning and cause other serious health problems. This is called lead poisoning. Who can get lead poisoned? Anyone can

Keep it clean: The homeowner’s guide to lead-safe painting and home improvement

Before you begin. Removing paint that contains lead is the most hazardous part of a painting or home improvement project. Lead paint was used in homes built before 1978 and extensively in homes built before 1960. If you will be disturbing old paint by sanding

How to make safe formula

Anyone can get lead poisoned, but lead poisoning is most dangerous for infants and children younger than six. Even a small amount of lead can harm your child. Making safe formula is one way to protect your children from lead poisoning. The steps on

“LITARGIRIO” powder contains 80% lead and is poisonous for children!

“LITARGIRIO”, also called “yellow powder” (“polvo amarillo”) has an extremely high amount of lead in it – almost 80%, according to a recent Department of Health Laboratory result. LITARGIRIO is a powder used mainly in the Dominican Republic as

Alliance To End Childhood Lead Poisoning: Facts about childhood lead poisoning

Lead poisoning is an environmental and public health hazard of global proportions. Children and adults in virtually every region of the world are being exposed to unsafe levels of lead in the environment, the home, the community, and the workplace. Lead occurs

Alliance To End Childhood Lead Poisoning: Who we are and what we do

The Alliance To End Childhood Lead Poisoning is a non-profit, public interest organization that was founded by nationally and internationally renowned leaders to launch a comprehensive prevention in the United States and throughout the world.

Alliance To End Childhood Lead Poisoning: MMT fact sheet

What is MMT? Methylcyclopentadienyl manganese ticarbonyl (MMT) is a gasoline additive used to boost octane. When MMT is burned, manganese, a metal known to be a neurotoxin when inhaled, is emitted from the tailpipe. Characteristics of manganese: When ingested,

Tobacco Control

Tobacco is becoming on of the single biggest causes of death worldwide. By 2030 it is expected to kill more than 9 million people per year; half aged 35-69 (WHR 2002). The epidemic is increasingly affecting developing countries, where most of the world’s smokers

Water, sanitation & hygiene

Better hygiene and access to drinking water and sanitation will accelerate progress toward two MDGs: “Reduce under-five child mortality rate by 2/3 between 1990 and 2015” and “By 2015 halve the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water

Road Safety

In 1999, between 750 000 and 880 000 persons died in road crashes worldwide, and another 23 to 24 million people were injured (Jacobs et al. 2000. WHO 2001 gives much higher estimates). The situation is particularly critical in low and middle income countries (LMCs).

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about breastfeeding in a contaminated environment

Should mothers be worried about toxic chemicals in the environment? Yes; everyone should be worried. Chemical contaminants are causing harm to our children; But breastfed is still best!