Lead (Pb) is a well-known neurotoxin which damages, destroys or impairs the function of the developing nervous system. Exposure to lead is a major public health concern particularly for children and other vulnerable groups. It is also a major occupational hazard.
Chronic exposure can also cause anemia, growth retardation, hypertension and renal failure in adulthood. Thus preventing exposure to lead will significantly reduce burdens of disease in our community with associated human health improvements as well as economic savings nationally.
Despite knowledge about the toxicity of lead, compounds of lead are widely used in paints and other consumer products in many Asian countries. In order to create awareness and share information on the health impacts of lead, particularly those arising from lead paint, Toxics Link, in partnership with Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi and the Lata Medical Research Foundation, Nagpur is organizing a two-day South East Asia Regional Conference on Lead Poisoning on 24-25 October 2013. The conference is being co-sponsored by the World Health Organization.
The conference will be held to coincide with the first International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action. The objective of the workshop is to share information on issues related to lead poisoning and identify the measures to reduce its occurrence.
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