South Asian and South East Asian Colloquia on

Progress and Policy -
Addressing Lead Poisoning in
South Asian Countries

    About the Colloquia

    The Colloquia aims to bring together experts, stakeholders, and policymakers from different countries in Asia to discuss the current state of lead poisoning research, policy frameworks, and prevention strategies. This colloquium aims to serve as a platform for knowledge-sharing, policy dialogue, and collective action to address the critical issue of lead poisoning in India and South Asia. The goal is to identify gaps and limitations in existing policies and research and to propose recommendations for strengthening the policy framework and research agenda on lead poisoning in Asia.Key Insights
    1. Lead poisoning is a significant public health concern in South Asia, contributing to 4.6 million Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) and 165,000 deaths annually in India alone.
    2. Up to 800 million children have blood lead levels at or above 5 micrograms per µg/dL. Nearly half of these children live in South Asia.
    3. Average BLLs are notably 5-10 times higher in Asia compared to high-income countries.
    4. Due to lead exposure, India and China collectively account for around 60% of the current DALY burden.
    5. India accounts for over a quarter of all global deaths due to lead exposure, and half of all children in the country have unsafe blood lead levels.

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    Session Details

    Panel Session 1: Evidence-Based Assessment and Policy Interventions

    Using evidence and research to understand the extent and impact of lead poisoning in South Asia, as well as discussing potential policy interventions to address and prevent the issue.

    Panel Session 2: Addressing Lead Poisoning in South Asia: Impact, Challenges, and Policy Solutions

    Discussing deeper into the challenges of lead poisoning in South Asia and explores policy solutions to tackle the issue.

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    Collaborating Partners

    The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) supports the next generation of
    emerging economic thinkers through its Young Scholars Initiative (YSI).
    As a nonpartisan nonprofit organisation, INET is dedicated to cultivating and
    disseminating ideas aimed at revitalizing our economy and fostering
    a fairer, more equitable, and prosperous society.

    Who should attend?

    Our target audience would be the health professionals, researchers, policymakers, government officials involved in public health and environmental protection, representatives from NGOs, academic institutions, industry, and international organizations working on environmental health issues and community members, parents, and individuals interested in learning about lead poisoning prevention.

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