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A Toxics-Free Future


Lead Paint Elimination in Côte d'Ivoire

Jeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement Côte d’Ivoire (JVE-CI) is the NGO that IPEN has partnered with in Côte d'Ivoire for this project.

Lead in Solvent-Based Paints for Home Use in Côte d'Ivoire was produced in 2017 and presents new data on the total lead content of solvent-based paints for home use available on the market in Côte d'Ivoire. It also presents background information on why the use of lead paint is a source of serious concern, especially to children’s health; a review of national policy frameworks that are in place to ban or restrict the manufacture, import, export, distribution, sale and use of lead paint, and provides a strong justification to adopt and enforce further regulatory controls in Côte d'Ivoire. Finally, it proposes action steps by different stakeholders to protect children and others from lead paint.

Press Release, 28 June, 2017: New Study Finds Lead Paint Still Common on the Market in Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire 2015 Lead Paint Data summarizes the data from a study on lead paint which JVE conducted in 2015. This was the second time that JVE analyzed paints sold in Côte d’Ivoire for their lead content. Previous studies were conducted in 2013 (30 paints from 7 brands). In the 2013 study, fourteen of the 20 enamel decorative paints (70%) had lead concentrations higher than 90 parts per million (ppm); thirteen enamel decorative paints (65%) had lead concentrations higher than 600 ppm. Five of the decorative paints (25 percent) had lead concentrations above 10,000 ppm. The enamel decorative paint with the highest concentration had a lead content of 42,000 ppm.

Jeunes Volontaires pour L'Environnement (JVE) Côte d'Ivoire launching their lead paint elimination campaign (Photo: JVE)