Reducing Exposures to Lead Globally
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
The Office of Global Health, department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Dornsife, and the department of Global Studies and Modern Languages at the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University present this conversation on lead poisoning.
Lead poisoning is ubiquitous globally. For example, one in three children have blood lead levels above 5 ug/dl – the CDC’s level of action.
Most of them are in poorer countries, and most are unaware of the issue. But the implications are astounding – these children have permanent brain damage, leading to lower lifetime earnings potential, and an increased likelihood of engaging in violent behavior.
Moreover, increased risk of cardiovascular disease due to lead poisoning means that almost one million adults die prematurely.
Join Richard Fuller, President of Pure Earth, as he outlines strategies, successes and failures of reducing lead poisoning. Fuller is the founder of Pure Earth, an NGO active in these issues for the past two decades, working in more than 15 countries.