25-31 October 2020
The eighth International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPW) was held on 25–31 October 2020, with more than 90 events in 60 countries organized by governments, civil society organizations, health partners, industry and other institutions. ILPPW is an ongoing initiative of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (the Lead Paint Alliance), led jointly by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and WHO. The aim of the Week is to raise awareness about the health effects of lead exposure, highlight the efforts of countries and partners to prevent exposure, particularly of children, and to stimulate further action to eliminate lead paint through national regulation. The 2020 campaign advocated for accelerated action towards global phasing out of lead paint through regulatory and legal measures. This issue is important, as the manufacture and sale of lead paint are still permitted in nearly 60% of countries in the world, representing a continuing source of lead exposure for children, pregnant women and workers.