We are betting on health, and specifically the health of our next generation as a game changer in India’s growth story.
While efforts to tackle malnutrition have borne fruit over the years, unfortunately there are still several diseases – visible and invisible – that can cripple our children. One of these invisible adversaries is lead poisoning.
Used extensively and found almost everywhere in the environment, lead is extremely toxic and can cause cognitive impairments which are irreversible in children. And children are especially vulnerable since they absorb 4-5 times more lead from the same source as do adults.
We have started shedding light on this issue through a High Level Roundtable held in April, 2023 and by convening India’s senior-most doctors, scientists and public health experts in the India Working Group on Lead Poisoning, to discuss and come up with strategies to mitigate this threat. In the coming years, we intend to focus on this issue and work with all stakeholders from the district level up, to ensure no child has to suffer the debilitating effects of lead poisoning as they grow up.