Educational Outreach

Dominic Joel Ombati

According to the United Nations environmental program, lead (Pb) is a heavy metal that is toxic even at very low exposure levels and has acute and chronic effects on human health. In the environment, lead is also toxic to plants, animals and micro-organisms. Lead (Pb) can originate from human activities (anthropogenic) or from natural sources (geogenic).

Lead (Pb) poisoning occurs when humans especially children are exposed even to low levels of lead (Pb). Lead (Pb) poisoning is a serious health problem globally and almost every county in United States has a childhood lead (Pb) poisoning prevention program.

Studies carried out in Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia found some paints sold for home use containing extremely high lead levels of up to 100,000 parts per million (ppm) or more http://www.ipen.org/documents/africa-lead-paint. These concentrations are several times more than the 90 ppm United Nations recommended limit of lead (Pb) in paint.

Many people know so little or nothing about lead (Pb) poisoning. To create awareness on this health problem, I have developed an educational outreach program which has now  more than 10,000 followers living in 23 countries including United States. Most of my audience is from sub Saharan Africa which has the worst childhood lead (Pb) poisoning but with almost no awareness. To the best of my knowledge, this program is the first of its kind in addressing childhood lead (Pb) poisoning in sub Saharan Africa through social media network sites. My educational outreach is through this website which is connected to a Facebook page and group.

  1. Facebook page link is https://www.facebook.com/informationonchildhoodlead/
  2. Facebook group  link is https://www.facebook.com/groups/192851454804217/

Facebook page and group above provide information on childhood lead poisoning. The page is linked to a group under different names. The  Facebook group and the links below allows you to access free downloadable pdf materials on child lead (Pb) poisoning for use and sharing with the hope of reaching as many people as possible.

The pdf materials below on childhood lead (Pb) poisoning are sourced from California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch (CLPPB). These pdf materials can only be used and shared for educational purposes only and they should not be altered without permission from California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch (CLPPB).