In Egypt, the historical usage of pesticides and POPs has led to an increase in the number of cancer patients and patients with kidney failure, in addition to reported cases of food poisoning-especially among children in rural areas. To bring light to this situation, the Environmental Pioneers Association organized four public awareness-raising workshops in Alexandria with a total of 210 participants including farmers, university professors, doctors, NGOs and executive officials from Alexandria Governorate and involved ministries.
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The report explains the sources and types of POPs in Albania and the damage caused by them, including studies describing the contamination of the environment, food, breast milk and blood. In addition, the report covers the results of six new monitoring samples collected by EDEN Center and Arnika from soil and chicken eggs gathered near POPs hotspots. This is the first report to comprehensively describe the POPs situation in Albania.
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Until only a few years ago, developing countries and countries with economies in transition had very limited access to information about the severe health and environmental harm caused by persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and other chemical pollutants.
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