Lead is a toxic heavy metal that is found in many products around the world, including everyday products in our homes and workplaces. Exposure to lead can harm our health and even small amounts can damage a child’s neurological development, causing learning difficulties and behavioral problems. Lead in paint is one of many serious sources of childhood lead exposure. Though lead’s adverse health effects have been well documented and industrial countries banned the manufacture and use of lead paints more than 40 years ago, lead continues to be widely used in paints manufactured and distributed in developing countries including Kenya.
In 2009, an International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) in which the Government of Kenya was a participant – agreed by consensus to identify lead in paint as an international priority issue of concern. In response to this, in 2010, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) jointly initiated a global partnership to eliminate the use of lead compounds in paints in order to protect public health and the environment. This partnership is called the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (GAELP).
CEJAD is working to promote elimination of lead in paint in and raise widespread awareness among consumers and paint manufacturers in Kenya about the adverse human health impacts of lead-based decorative paints, particularly on the health of children under six years old. CEJAD also promotes alternatives to lead paint including production of lead free paints. (Read More)
CEJAD established and host the secretariat of a national working group to eliminate lead in paint in Kenya.
The working group aim to promote elimination of lead paint in Kenya through widespread awareness raising among Kenyan public and consumers on the adverse human health impacts of lead-based decorative paints, particularly on the health of children, workers and women. CEJAD supports a WHO and UNEP led GAELP.