Environment and Social Development Organization- ESDO demanded ban of lead paint production by 2017 in Bangladesh supporting International Chemical Safety Groups to phase out lead containing paints by 2020. To observe International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week- 2015 (25 to 31 October) ESDO organized a human chain in front of the National Press Club on 30th October.
The human chained was formed by Green Club members of ESDO. Around 100 teenagers from Bangla and English medium schools, universities, joined to camping for eliminating lead in paints in Bangladesh. They disseminated education and information materials among all people in front of the Press Club. These materials contain updated information about Bangladesh’s global stand right now regarding lead elimination from paints and why it is a urgent need to eliminate lead in paint through enacting regulations by the government
ESDO pressed for local measures to complement the global goal during International Lead Poisoning Preventing of Week of Action from October 25th to 31 sponsored by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the World health Organization (WHO). The result of the paint sampling conducted by ESDO in 2015 has revealed that many local and multi-national paint companies, small and medium enterprises which is 85% of Bangladesh paint market, collectively have lessened lead concentration in their paints.
Preventive measures, the participants stated, include the adoption of a national mandatory policy that will phase out the manufacture and sale of paints containing lead, a major source of childhood lead poisoning along with lead- contaminated dust.
“It’s essential for our society to respond to this global challenge and make the phase out of lead in paint a top public health priority. We must act with urgency as the health of our children can be permanently and irreversibly damages even at very low exposure to lead,” said by Dr. Shahriar Hossain, Secretary General of ESDO at the human chain.