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Eliminating Lead in Paint

Childhood exposure to lead in paint remains a serious problem in developing countries.

Since 2009, numerous studies have been conducted to assess lead levels in paint. IPEN-affiliated NGOs have conducted the majority of these, collecting and analyzing more than 2500 paints in more than 45 countries. Lead levels in paints in most of these countries were found to be high. Results from all lead paint studies conducted since 2009 can be seen at this map.

Lead paint map

IPEN also has been instrumental in making lead in paint an issue of global concern through the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint, now led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

In February 2016, IPEN released its first Global Lead Paint Elimination Campaign newletter, which features information about a recent meeting held in Ethiopia where African leaders committed to set legal limits on lead in paint, as well as highlights from the 2015 International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

Lead in Paint Infographic global week 2016

IPEN Lead Paint Elimination Activities

IPEN and its participating organizations are leading lead awareness and elimination activities in developing countries and countries with economies in transition across the globe.

Lead Paint Research

A large body of research now exists documenting the presence of lead in paint – often in astonishingly high levels – in lead paint in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

Lead Paint Background

Learn more about the economic and health impacts of lead; how lead is used in paints and alternatives to lead; and a framework for eliminating lead in paint.

Other Resources

Links to resources outside IPEN that contain useful information about lead and lead in paint.

Silvani Mng'anya and Jamidu Katima Tanzania 2009

CEJ field visit to a paint factory