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USAID Administrator Samantha Power makes groundbreaking statement at the World Economic Forum, calling for global action to end lead poisoning and for funders to join the effort
“I can say right here, that never in my career have I seen an opportunity like the one we are about to discuss – to deliver such a powerful blow to such an invisible killer for such a relatively small amount of funding. And I’m speaking, of course, we are speaking about lead poisoning,” said Power, calling on all funders at Davos to join the effort and substantially increase investment in solutions.
Why Lead + Mercury?
Lead poisoning affects 1 in 3 children, around 800 million globally. This is mass poisoning on a previously unknown scale. 90% of children with high lead levels are in low- and middle-income countries.
Mercury is a toxic heavy metal and one of the top ten chemicals of major public health concern, according to the World Health Organization. Pure Earth estimates that 19 million people are at risk for exposure to mercury globally.