Reduce pollution. Save lives. Protect the planet.

#8/1, Block-C, Lalmatia
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Our Team
DR. MAHFUZAR RAHMAN

Country Director
[email protected]

MITALI DAS

Communications Lead
[email protected]

MD. LUTFUL KABIR

Research Associate
Project with Uni. of Dhaka

DR. AZIZ HASAN

Advisor

ARIF SIKDER

Advisor

GOLAM MORTUZA MILON

Research Associate
Project with Uni. of Dhaka

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About Pure Earth Bangladesh

Pure Earth Bangladesh started its journey in 2011 and has made progress in expanding capacity, building partnerships, and carrying out foundational research, mainly on the lead sources, toxic site assessments (300+ toxic‌ ‌sites were assessed‌ in Bangladesh), lead remediation program (conducted first known lead remediation that ‌resulted‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌35%‌ ‌decline‌ ‌in‌ ‌children’s‌ ‌blood lead level).

Pure Earth Bangladesh has recently extended its research efforts to identify the lead sources in consumer products including spices and cookware. Pure Earth Bangladesh has partnered with government agencies to develop and implement a Health and Pollution Action Plan (HPAP).

Pure Earth Bangladesh works cooperatively in partnerships that include governments, NGOs, civil society organizations, research institutes, universities, media agencies to reduce lead exposure, raise awareness, and design and implement innovative solutions to save lives. Here we believe that Together, we can end lead pollution.

The Toxic Truth

Lead pollution is a silent killer.

The confirmed and suspected lead sources in Bangladesh are lead-acid battery manufacturing and recycling, spices (turmeric), lead-based paint, aluminum cookware, e-waste, contaminated food, jewelry-making, gold waste processing, cosmetics, religious powders, and traditional medicines.

Programmatic Solutions

Research on Lead Sources
Research on Lead Sources

Research by Pure Earth, the University of Dhaka Department of Geology, the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research Bangladesh, and Stanford University has revealed two important sources of lead exposures in Bangladesh: informal recycling of used lead acid batteries (e.g. automobile batteries), and consumption of spices that have been adulterated with lead.

Toxic Site Assessments
Toxic Site Assessments

In 2016, Pure Earth with local partner in Bangladesh, the University of Dhaka Department of Geology, began identifying toxic hot spots. Within just 6 months, they found 115  contaminated sites. As of 2021, Pure Earth has identified and assessed more than 300 toxic sites. Based on this data, the World Bank estimates there are more than 1,000 such informal ULAB smelting sites across the country.

Lead Remediation Program
Lead Remediation Program

In 2018, Pure Earth completed the first known lead remediation in Bangladesh in the community of Kathgora, which resulted in a 35% decline in children’s blood lead levels (nearly to the estimated background blood lead level). 

Advocacy and Campaigns
Advocacy and Campaigns

Pure Earth Bangladesh is gearing up for the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2021 (25-31 Oct.). Stay tuned for updates. 

The Toxic Truth

The‌ ‌chief‌ ‌concern‌ ‌of‌ ‌lead‌ ‌exposure‌ ‌is‌ ‌its‌ ‌impact‌ ‌on‌ ‌children’s‌ ‌brains.

Lead‌ ‌causes‌ ‌permanent‌ ‌brain‌ ‌damage‌ ‌and‌ ‌IQ‌ ‌loss,‌ ‌and‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌result,‌ ‌decreases‌ ‌economic‌ ‌productivity.‌ ‌ ‌Productivity‌ ‌losses‌ ‌from‌ ‌lead‌ ‌exposure‌ ‌reduce‌ ‌Bangladesh’s‌ ‌GDP‌,‌ ‌thus‌ ‌lead‌ ‌is‌ ‌not‌ ‌only‌ ‌a‌ ‌health‌ ‌issue‌ ‌but‌ ‌a‌ ‌poverty-reduction‌ ‌issue.‌ ‌The‌ ‌safe‌ ‌management‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌ULAB‌ ‌is also‌ ‌critical‌ ‌to‌ ‌address‌ ‌climate‌ ‌solutions.‌ Lead pollution is not only health, economic and environmental issue. It also undermines many cross-cutting development areas including education, societal stability, and violence.

Kathgora, Bangladesh lead remediation.

Events

Prize-giving ceremony of photography contest

Pure Earth Bangladesh, together with its partner, The Hunger Project Bangladesh has organized a photography campaign to engage youth to draw attention to the environmental pollution in their neighborhoods. A total of 36 winners of different categories have received prizes in the prize-giving ceremony.

When: 22 August 2021

Where: Zila Parishad Dak-Bungalow, Mohadevpur, Naogaon.

Virtual Workshop on lead pollution and health roadmap

Pure Earth Bangladesh, in coordination with the Bangladesh Department of Environment (DoE) and with support from the United States Agency for International Development (under Cooperative Agreement No. AID-OAAA-16-00019), OAK Foundation, Swiss Agency for Development and Corporation SDC, and the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) held a virtual workshop titled ‘Advancing a Lead Pollution and Health Roadmap for Bangladesh’. The workshop convened stakeholders with three goals: to share the state of knowledge about lead exposure from all sources in Bangladesh; build a common understanding of the related challenges, and lay the groundwork for a unified approach to lead exposure reduction.

When: 19 July 2021

Where: Virtual via zoom

News Coverage

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“We need to work together to solve this global problem. 
Pure Earth opened that door to take unified actions.”
Ashraf Uddin
Director General
Department of Environment (DoE)
“The government has made the eradication of lead exposures 
a priority to protect the environment for future generations.”
Ahmed Shamim Al Razi
Additional Secretary
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
“It is important to identify all the sources of lead poisoning. 
One of the targets of SDG is to reduce chemical waste by 2030.”
Robed Amin
Line Director, NCDC
Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS)

Our Partners and Donors

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