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Children's Environmental Health Foundation (CEHF) received a Shield and a Certificate Award during the 2019 Environmental and Climate Change Awards, which were hosted by the Government of Zambia through the Zambia Environmental Management Agency and Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection. The Event was officiated by the Deputy Secretary to the Cabinat, Mr. Chrispher Nvunga, and was welcomed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Dr. Ed Bishop Chomba.

  • Tests of hair samples from hundreds of women in small-island countries and territories found 75 percent had mercury levels high enough to cause fetal neurological damage.
  • Nearly 60 percent of the women had mercury levels exceeding a threshold beyond which brain damage, IQ loss, and kidney and cardiovascular damage can occur.
  • The report attributed the mercury pollution in fisheries in these regions to air emissions of the toxic heavy metal emanating from coal-fired power plants and artisanal gold mining.
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