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About Pure Earth Bangladesh

Pure Earth, a US-based non-profit and international NGO registered in Bangladesh (No: 3366), is a leader in evidence-based solutions for lead pollution in low and middle-income countries. Since 2011, we’ve conducted extensive research, analyzing 197 consumer products and assessing over 300 toxic sites. Collaborating with partners, we’ve supported blood lead level tests for over three thousand children and pregnant women. Our lead remediation initiatives achieved a remarkable 23% to 35% reduction in children’s blood lead levels, while also lowering average soil lead concentrations from 20,000 ppm to 55 ppm. Teaming up with government agencies, we implemented a Health and Pollution Action Plan, and in 2020, formed the Lead-Safe Bangladesh Coalition, comprising NGOs, INGOs, UN, researchers, academicians, and environmental health experts. Together, we’re reducing lead exposure, raising awareness, and implementing solutions to safeguard 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.


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The Toxic Truth

Communication and Advocacy Materials

Communication and advocacy materials on the impact, sources, and solutions to lead pollution are to raise awareness, bring changes in the social and behavioral aspects, and advocate to solve lead pollution. The materials are developed targeting various audiences including community members, health workers, government and non-government agencies, policy and decision-makers, and media agencies.

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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, and
  • World Bank.

DONORS:

  • Clarios Foundation,
  • UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO), 
  • GiveWell,
  • TAUW Foundation,
  • UNICEF, and
  • USAID

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Our Team
DR. MAHFUZAR RAHMAN

Country Director

MITALI DAS

Communications Lead

BUSHRA HUMAIRA SADAF

Senior Communications Manager

FAISAL MAHMOOD

Program Officer

KAWSAR RAHMAN

Admin and Finance Officer

MIZANUR RAHMAN

Consultant

MAHADI HASAN

Field Coordinator and Safety Officer

ABU SAYEM

Office Assistant