Enabling All Children to Reach Their Potential

Protecting Every Child’s Potential

Pure Earth, Clarios Foundation and UNICEF announce global partnership to protect children from lead exposure

Around 1 in 3 children – up to 800 million globally – have blood lead levels indicative of lead poisoning.

Informal and substandard recycling of lead-acid batteries is a leading contributor to exposure in areas where children play, live and go to school in low- and middle-income countries.

The Protecting Every Child’s Potential initiative will work to raise awareness of the impact of lead exposure on children’s long-term health and development and mobilize action to abolish dangerous practices that cause harmful lead exposure.

It will draw on the three organizations’ complementary expertise:

  • the rehabilitation of contaminated sites,
  • the safe manufacturing and responsible recycling of lead acid batteries,
  • and the promotion of children’s health and rights.

The initiative will first focus its efforts on Bangladesh, Georgia, Ghana and Indonesia. Clarios Foundation and Pure Earth will integrate their work underway in Mexico.

“The good news is lead-contaminated sites can be remediated and restored. People can be educated about the dangers of lead and empowered to protect themselves and their children. The return on the investment is enormous: improved health, increased productivity, higher IQs, less violence, and brighter futures for millions of children across the planet.” — Richard Fuller, President of Pure Earth.

Learn more: read the press release