The International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week will take place on October 24-31, 2021. This week of action is an initiative of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (the Lead Paint Alliance), which is jointly led by UNEP and WHO. The primary goal of the Alliance is to promote the global phase-out of lead paint through the establishment of appropriate legally binding measures to stop the manufacture, import, export, distribution, sale and use of lead paints in every country. International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is an opportunity to draw attention to the need for action on lead paint and other sources of lead exposure. Forty-eight IPEN Participating Organizations (POs) from 35 countries will take part in the upcoming International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPW) on 24-31 October 2021.
Objectives of International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
- raise awareness about health effects of lead exposure;
- highlight the efforts of countries and partners to prevent lead exposure, particularly in children; and
- urge further action to eliminate lead paint through regulatory action at country level.
Title of Project: Extending the Awareness Campaign on Health Hazards of Lead in Paint and influencing procurement policies in education sector
“Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment” (AWHHE) NGO, a member of the International Pollutants Elimination Network, participates in the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. AWHHE will urge the Procurement Department of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Republic of Armenia to ban the use of lead-based paints during construction or renovation of the education, culture and recreation facilities for children and youth. AWHHE will advocate for strict lead limits of 90ppm in decorative paints through advocacy work with the Department of Eurasian Economic Commission and Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Economy of Armenia. AWHHE will translate the campaign information materials creating a leaflet about the danger of lead-based paints and disseminate it via social media platforms among 7 communities of 4 provinces of Armenia, websites of AWHHE and “Ecolur” information NGOs. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, AWHHE will add social distancing, hygiene and handwashing messages in its communication work.
- Raise awareness of community school management and parents’ groups on health hazards of lead in paint in the target communities.
- Influence the paint related procurement policies of the Procurement Department of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Republic of Armenia.
- Advocate for strict lead paint limits of 90 ppm with the Department of Eurasian Economic Commission and Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Economy of Armenia.