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In celebrating the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action (ILPPWA), Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) and other institutions had been urged to enforce standards on lead in paint to protect children. 


THE government plans to conduct an inventory of all miners and scrutinise their work environment to control and phase out mercury use. The Minister of State in the Vice President’s Office, Union and Environment, Mr January Makamba, revealed the plan in an interview with the ‘Daily News’ in Dar es Salaam over the weekend.

The Guardian Reporter

LOCAL health and environmental conservations activists are putting pressure on regulators to impose stringent guidelines on locally manufactured and imported children’s toys as studies show that they are harmful.

This report, conducted by Agenda for Environment and Responsible Development (AGENDA) in partnership with IPEN, presents new data on the total lead content of solvent-based paints for home use available on the market in Tanzania.


TANZANIA is likely to participate at the first Conference of the Parties (COP1) of the Minamata Convention as observers.

The conference is confirmed to take place from 24 to 29 September this year at the International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.

Tanzania Bureau of Standards’ Acting Director General, Engineer Edna Ndumbaro, has announced that Tanzania plans, over the next four years, to remove all paints with lead substances from the market.

In addition, government representatives from Kenya and Tanzania have agreed to work to revise the lead limit of the current East African Community (EAC) standards on various types of paint to 90 ppm total lead.

By Queenter Mawinda 

National Environment Management Council (NEMC) says the government has no strategies to eliminate lead poisoning in paint, the number one environmental health concern for children globally. 

At present there is the general plan addressing all chemical hazards which are harmful to human beings, NEMC’s Director General Boneventure Baya told The Guardian on Sunday this week 

IPEN Participating Organization AGENDA is featured in this article on the health effects of dental amalgam in a Tanzania Kiswahili daily newspaper, Tanzania Daima.