India:
Childhood Lead Exposure and Source Identification Study, Patna

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Date completed
Feb. 2020
Funders
USAID
Project Partners

The Indian National Centre for Disease Control,  The Institute for Environment and Eco Development,  The Bihar Pollution Control Board. the  Patna-based Mahavir Cancer Institute and Research Centre.

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The Patna Childhood Lead Exposure and Source Identification Study was carried out over a two-week period in February 2020.

It was a representative, cross-sectional population-based cluster design survey, with the aim of evaluating the blood lead levels in children less than 6 years old in areas considered to be impacted by ULAB (Used lead-acid battery) operations (within 300 m of assembly, repair, recycling or lead smelting sites) and control areas considered to not be impacted by such operations (more than 5 km away). Random households were selected from within the designated study areas. The three main components of the study were an environmental assessment of each participating child’s household, a demographic and behavioral questionnaire, and a venous blood sample.

A total of 136 children under the age of 6 years participated in the study.

In coordination with the study’s partner organizations, we will endeavor to publish major findings in a peer-reviewed journal. Once further analysis is completed, we look forward to generating and disseminating public health recommendations.

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