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DR. MAHFUZAR RAHMAN Pure Earth Bangladesh Country Director
#8/1, Block-C, Lalmatia, Dhaka, Bangladesh
The economy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh is evolving and growing rapidly, from one previously based primarily on agriculture, to a more diversified manufacturing and service economy. In 2015, Bangladesh moved up the World Bank’s income bracket to become a lower-middle income country, and the country aims to become an upper-middle income country by 2021. The swift evolution of Bangladesh’s economy has brought sustained growth, but has also created challenges regarding pollution control and environmental health. This growth and the associated pollution challenges have, in some cases, outpaced the collection of information on chemical pollution and the Department of Environment’s capacity to effectively manage environmental health risks.
Pure Earth’s work in Bangladesh began in 2011, and has focused on our Toxic Site Identification Program (TSIP) and cleanups. Our more recent work has focused specifically on lead contamination. Bangladesh faces significant challenges from lead. Childhood lead poisoning is believed to be widespread in Bangladesh, and prevents exposed children from reaching their full intellectual potential. Much of the lead that contaminates sites in Bangladesh is believed to be released during the informal manufacturing and recycling of lead-acid batteries. To better understand full impacts of this informal industry, Pure Earth has concentrated its TSIP program on this particular source, with the aim of developing sufficient data and understanding to contribute meaningfully to a national solution. Recently, Pure Earth has partnered with government agencies in Bangladesh to develop and implement a Health and Pollution Action Plan (HPAP).
Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health- Bangladesh Summary
Pollution is responsible for 26.6% of deaths in Bangladesh. Learn more about how pollution affects health and the economy in Bangladesh by reading the Bangladesh Summary Report, based on the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health.
- Projects in Progress
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Blog and Social Media Posts
Read more about our work in Bangladesh:
- A Mother’s Story: Hope in Kathgora, Bangladesh, May 2020
- Children’s Lead Levels Fall Following Cleanup, September 2019
- Looking for Lead? No Problem! June 2017
- Bangladesh Projects- Social Media Posts
Lead poisoning of children, Science Daily Jan 14th, 2021
Get the Lead Out: Pervasive Health Threats of Unregulated Battery Recycling, Stanford University Jan 13th, 2021
- Lead: Killer in the kitchen, The Daily Star, Feb. 28, 2021
- Lead poisoning and stunting in Bangladesh: a missing link, The Daily Star Apr 1st, 2021
- Recycled lead-acid battery putting Bangladesh in danger, The Daily Star, Feb. 7, 2021
- Eradicate lead to have a prosperous generation, The Daily Star, Jan. 3, 2021
- Immunity boosting turmeric: Is Lead a concern?, The Daily Star, Dec. 27, 2020
- Get the lead out!, The Daily Star, Dec. 13, 2020