Perry Gottesfeld of OK International recently joined our IPEN partners in Manila to launch the Lead Paint Elimination Project funded by the European Union’s SWITCH-Asia Programme.
The project will involve NGO partners in seven Asian countries and contribute to global efforts aimed at the elimination of lead paints. Its overall objective is to reduce childhood lead poisoning in Bangladesh, India, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia and Nepal. OK International will work with partner NGOs in establishing a third-party paint certification and labeling program. We will also provide technical advice in support of paint testing and other project activities.
We have also made further progress in Cameroon with the second national workshop and capacity building activities in April that brought together representatives from key government ministries, NGOs, and experts from medical schools and others to assess progress and plan for future activities. U.S. company, PPG, who owns the largest paint manufacturer in Cameroon, has agreed to remove lead paint from their products and to place labels on their architectural paints indicating the lead content.
The Cameroon government’s standards agency (ANOR) has also launched a technical committee to develop a mandatory standard for lead in paint. The standard is expected to be completed in 2012.