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About Pure Earth Indonesia

Lead exposure is a significant environmental health threat to children in Indonesia. It is estimated that more than 36 million children (age 0 – 14 years) in the country have blood lead levels (BLLs) ≥ 5 µg/dL (Ericson et al., 2021). A recent study in the capital, Jakarta, found that 47% of children had BLLs ≥ 5 µg/dL and 9% had BLLs ≥ 10 µg/dL (Prihartono et al., 2019). Other studies have similarly documented long-term chronic health conditions faced by children in Indonesia exposed to lead regularly. A multi-country analysis further found that childhood exposure to lead costs the Indonesian economy nearly US$38 billion annually.

With over 200,000 Indonesians dying yearly from pollution-related diseases (IHME 2017), pollution has a huge health cost in Indonesia. There are many sources of contamination, from informal ULAB recycling operations to artisanal and small-scale gold mining. Pure Earth International provides financial and technical support to a local foundation named Yayasan Pure Earth Indonesia to carry out work in Indonesia, focuses on identifying where the worst pollution is through our TSIP initiative, and then implementing solutions where possible. From awareness-raising about mercury hazards and training women miners on mercury-free techniques to remediating a lead-contaminated soccer field where children play, Pure Earth is working in communities to improve the health and well-being of children and families. Additionally, Pure Earth has supported regional governments and a local NGO named Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta in Kalimantan, Indonesia, to develop and implement a Health and Pollution Action Plan (HPAP).

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Pesarean Village, Tegal Regency

The Toxic Truth

Assisting the government with lead exposure crisis response

In Central Java, home-based lead-acid battery recycling without designated disposal sites left children playing in village slag piles and 88 per cent of people tested with elevated blood lead levels. In 2015, Pure Earth began identifying contaminated sites and their risks. In 2018, the first cleanup was undertaken in a village school yard and further government remediation plans are underway.

Programmatic Solutions

Research on Lead Sources
Research on Lead Sources
Toxic Site Assessments
Toxic Site Assessments
Lead Remediation Program
Lead Remediation Program
Advocacy and Campaigns
Advocacy and Campaigns


Our Partners and Donors

Clarios Foundation


Global Alliance on Health and Pollution

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta