Five Actions to End Childhood Lead Poisoning

Vast economic and social potential is being lost from the widespread cognitive decline and the long-term health effects caused by lead poisoning.


Lead is poisoning around one in three children globally on a massive and previously unrecognized scale. Lead poisoning is a major contributor to intellectual disability among children in low- and middle-income countries. Lead is a public health hazard in every region of the world, contributing to disease burden, disability and death. Most of the children with the highest blood lead levels live in low- and middle income-countries in Asia and Africa, but many are also affected in Central and South America and Eastern Europe, as well as in pockets within high-income countries across the globe.  

This document provides five actions each for governments, the private sector and civil society to do to help end childhood lead poisoning.

Published in September 2023

Five Actions to End Childhood Lead Poisoning

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