Globally, it is estimated that lead poisoning affects one in three (up to 800 million) children. In Indonesia, the primary known sources of lead exposure are from lead-based paints and the recycling of used lead acid batteries (ULABs). There are an estimated 8 million children in Indonesia who are affected by lead poisoning, but given that there has not been a national surveillance program for lead exposure, the true figure could be much higher.
In this policy brief, produced in partnership with the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, UNICEF Indonesia and Pure Earth, we outline the problem of lead poisoning in Indonesia and make recommendations for actions that Indonesia can take in the following categories: used lead acid batteries (ULABs), paint, recovery and remediation of lead-contaminated sites, and health and education.
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