Lead Exposure Elimination project
Our Year in Review
Introduction from LEEP’s Co-Executive Directors LEEP was founded on an ambitious goal: to improve the health, wellbeing, and potential of as many children as possible. This goal has always been grounded by the belief that progress is possible if we are committed to...
New published study: Lead levels of new solvent-based household paints in Zimbabwe and Botswana
Summary: a new journal article presents the results of LEEP’s paint studies in Zimbabwe and Botswana, conducted in collaboration with academics from the Paediatric Association of Zimbabwe and University of Zimbabwe.
Testing paint for lead content in Sierra Leone
Summary: LEEP and the Environment Protection Agency of Sierra Leone (EPA-SL) recently conducted a study to determine the lead content of paints in Sierra Leone. Results showed that 9 out of 19 (47%) samples of solvent-based paint for home use, obtained in Freetown,...
How Much Economic Productivity Does Lead Exposure Cost the World?
Lead exposure harms children’s wellbeing via three main pathways: (1) by damaging major organ systems, reducing their physical wellbeing; (2) by causing brain damage in particular, inducing mental health problems and behavioral disorders and thus reducing their mental...
Testing paint for lead content: study results in Madagascar
In June 2021, the Madagascar Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, the National Center for Environmental Research and LEEP conducted a paint testing study to determine the lead content of paints...
Sources of Lead Exposure in LMICs
Although LEEP currently focuses on lead paint, we recognize that other sources may also be promising to address. We plan to explore effective interventions to reduce lead exposure from other sources over the coming year.
Lead Paint Project in Madagascar: an Interview with LEEP Partner Rila Rakotomanana
We interviewed our partner Rila Albani Rakotomanana, from the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MEDD) in Madagascar. Find out about how LEEP has supported Madagascar and what it is like to work in government on an issue like lead paint.
How Cost-Effective Is LEEP’s Malawi Program?
In 2020, LEEP set out to eliminate the market availability of lead paint in Malawi. We found evidence of high levels of lead in market-available paint and presented the results to the Malawi Bureau of Standards, who then committed to enforcing lead paint regulation....
LEEP’s First Year in Review
Introduction from LEEP's co-founders Around 1 in 3 children have lead poisoning globally and lead in paint is a major source of this exposure (UNICEF). Yet, lead is an unnecessary ingredient in paint, and regulations can successfully prevent its production (WHO &...
Study Results: Malawi and Botswana
As part of our initial activities, LEEP analyses the lead content of solvent-based paint available on the market in countries without data on the current prevalence of lead paint. The purpose is to determine whether there is lead in household paint currently being...