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Annual Worldwide Lead Exposure Costs are 7 Times Amount Low- and Middle-Income Countries Receive in Development Assistance
http://www.balifokus.asia/#!PRESS-RELEASE-Lead-Exposure-Costs-Indonesia-...

Established and strengthened health professional, community and NGOs capacities for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of health risks related to mercury exposure from selected ASGM hotspots of Indonesia and the Philippines

This comprehensive project by NGO Balifokus (Indonesia) documents a field-based investigation by Balifokus personnel and medical experts into the health impacts of mercury exposure on ASGM miners, their families and communities in selected communities of Indonesia. The project report documents the involvement of over 1 million Indonesians in the practice of artisanal small scale gold mining (ASGM) and reveals the growing activity of primary mercury mining that is emerging in parts of Indonesia.

Extracting gold with mercury exacts a lethal toll

IPEN Participating Organization BaliFokus is featured in this PBS NewsHour video about mercury poisoning due to small scale gold mining activities in indonesia. 

Uncommon Disease: Dita's World

By Larry C. Price

RAU-RAU, Indonesia—Off the main road and down a terraced hillside, there is a small house painted a bright aqua. Behind the tidy house a much smaller bamboo hut sits on a foundation of stacked stones, like a cage on a platform. 

Inside the hut it is dark, except for thin bands of light that filter through gaps in the bamboo walls. 

A small girl lies on a blanket on the floor. Her mother crouches at her side.

Surya Anaya (BaliFokus, Indonesia) and Manny Calonzo (IPEN Co-Chair, Philippines)

Some IPEN Participating Organizations from the south, southeast and east Asia regions are currently participating in an IPEN gathering in Jakarta, Indonesia. The gathering provides an opportunity for IPEN Participating Organizations and other local non-governmental, civil society groups with a shared mission of a toxics-free future to build relationships and share skills and experiences.

In addition to group discussions, the gathering will also provide presentations about topics such as:pesticides, dioxin and waste, National Implementation Plans in the Stockholm Convention, lead in paint and other toxic metals and hazardous chemicals in products, mercury use in artisanal and small scale gold mining, electronic waste, endocrine disrupting chemicals, contaminated sites, and more.

(Jakarta) A preliminary exploration of the impact of mercury use in three Indonesian artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) communities found that one-third of the people in one community satisfied WHO guidelines for mercury poisoning along with many children with birth defects, nervous system damage and delayed development. 

Wall Street Journal: http://blogs.wsj.com/indonesiarealtime/2014/11/17/environmentalist-calls...

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Mercury contamination is a “public health emergency,” according to a prominent Indonesian environmentalist, and the new government of President Joko Widodo should move quickly to halt trade in the toxic heavy metal.

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