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About Pure Earth Bangladesh

Pure Earth, a US-based environmental NGO registered in Bangladesh (Reg. No: 3366), leads evidence-based solutions for lead pollution in low and middle-income countries. Since 2011, we’ve researched hundreds of consumer products to find sources of lead, assessed 300+ toxic sites, and conducted over 3,000 blood lead level tests for children and pregnant women. Our lead-contaminated site remediation programs achieved a 35% reduction in children’s blood lead levels, lowering soil lead concentrations from 20,000 ppm to 55 ppm in many areas; saving the community and future generations from lead exposure. Partnering with government agencies, we launched a Health and Pollution Action Plan and established the Lead-Safe Bangladesh Coalition in 2020, uniting NGOs, INGOs, UN agencies, researchers, academics, and health experts to take impactful actions. Together, we’re reducing lead exposure, raising awareness, and safeguarding lives. Join us in solving lead pollution.

The Toxic Truth

Bangladesh is the world’s fourth most lead-affected country

Lead poisoning affects 36 million children in Bangladesh with an average blood lead level of 6.8 µg/dL, leading to a loss of 20 million IQ points and around 140,000 adult cardiac deaths. These health impacts cost 6 to 9% of the country’s GDP in 2019. Lead sources include aluminum cookware, ceramic foodware, paint, toys, informal lead-acid battery recycling, etc.



The Toxic Truth

Materials

Communication and advocacy materials addressing the impact, sources, and solutions to lead pollution serve to increase awareness, catalyze social and behavioral changes, and advocate for its resolution. These materials are tailored for diverse audiences, including community members, health workers, government and non-government agencies, policymakers, decision-makers, and media.

Access the Materials Here.

Our Partners and Donors

KEY PARTNERS:

  • Department of Environment (DoE)
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
  • Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS)
  • Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO)
  • International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b)
  • National Curriculum Textbook Board (NCTB)
  • UNICEF Bangladesh
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Dhaka  
  • Khulna University
  • Stanford University
  • World Bank

DONORS:

  • Clarios Foundation
  • Effective Altruism Global Health and Development Fund
  • French Facility for Global Environment – FFEM, a fund financed by the French
  • GiveWell
  • Open Philanthropy
  • TAUW Foundation
  • UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO)
  • UNICEF
  • USAID

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Our Team
DR. MAHFUZAR RAHMAN

Country Director

MITALI DAS

Communications Lead

KAWSAR RAHMAN

Admin and Finance Officer

AFTAB UZ ZAMAN KHAN

Program Officer

MIZANUR RAHMAN

Consultant

MD. RANA HOWLADER

Office Assistant