June 22, 2022
Estimates suggest that around every third child in the world suffers from lead poisoning. What can we do to reduce this?
Lead poisoning is estimated to account for about 1% of the global disease burden.
This is a large burden for a problem that gets very little attention. On an individual level, being exposed to lead in the environment can hinder a child’s brain development: it can result in a reduction in IQ; cognitive function; and has been linked to higher levels of antisocial behavior. These impacts are thought to be largely irreversible.
For further information please visit. Our World in Data – https://ourworldindata.org/lead-pollution
Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser (2022) – “Lead Pollution”. Published online at OurWorldInData.org.
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