A strategic path to results
To reach our ambitious goal, the founding partners have developed a strategic approach to creating a future free from lead exposure.
A - Mobilize collective action at the country level to prevent lead exposure in support of protecting every child’s potential.
- Promote national ownership and leadership to address lead exposure in children.
- Support the development of national plan(s) of action to address lead exposure, including support in mainstreaming existing national programs linked to WHO’s risk mitigation recommendations.
- Develop institutional capacity for preventing lead exposure, monitoring lead exposure, education and awareness building, and eliminating the unsafe use of lead.
- Promote community awareness of lead exposure and its impact on child health and well-being.
- Contribute and collaborate with existing global and country initiatives that address lead exposure.
B - Address the existing sources of exposure to lead in low- and middle-income countries.
- Determine where children are most affected and identify the relevant sources of exposure to lead.
- Identify, prioritize, and remediate contaminated sites to eliminate specific exposures to children.
- Raise societal awareness of the harm caused by informal smelting and implement interventions to halt the illicit use of lead in consumer products.
C - Assist governments to ensure responsible lead smelting and use.
Working with national bodies means vast reach for teaching and advocating sound practices and governmental continuation of our efforts.
- Support development and implementation of policies to prevent harmful informal and illegal smelting, as well as illicit use of lead in products.
- Advocate for the adoption and enforcement of standards that provide the same level of protection for all people in all countries.
- Facilitate best practice-sharing across governments, the private sector, and civil society.
D - Mobilize private sector action.
By education and collaboration with the private sector, we can engender action in those with the most power to effect rapid reduction in lead exposure.
- Require batteries are stewarded through safe, responsible, and approved collection and smelting systems.
- Ensure lead is appropriately used in a manner consistent with proven and safe practices and is obtained only from responsible sources.