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Khatuna Akhalaia

Country Director
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About Pure Earth Georgia

In Georgia, children’s lead exposure is an emerging issue that has captured the attention of relevant authorities and stakeholders through recent studies. In 2018, a BLL survey was conducted in Georgia as part of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS). The survey showed high rates of elevated BLL, particularly in the western parts of Georgia. The results showed that 41% of children have elevated BLLs over 5 μg/dL. A BLL 5 μg/dL is the reference value used by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify children who have been exposed to lead and require case management. The MICS study also showed that 16% of children had BLLs > 10 μg/dL.

The Toxic Truth

Lead in Spices

Lead added to spices to enhance the weight, color, and flavor has been blamed for elevated blood lead levels in Georgia and other lower- and middle-income countries.

Programmatic Solutions

Research on Lead Sources
Research on Lead Sources

In 2019, Pure Earth conducted a study seeking to determine the sources of lead exposure in Georgia and found that of all possible sources tested — lead-based paint, soil, water and spices — only adulterated spices contained significant amounts of lead.

Toxic Site Assessments
Toxic Site Assessments

Identify the source of lead in the food chain of children

Lead Remediation Program
Lead Remediation Program

Create an assessment of contaminated sites and prioritize remediation

Advocacy and Campaigns
Advocacy and Campaigns

Raise awareness regarding lead chromate in the local population





International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

October 24-30th, 2021

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