Saving Kabwe

Global NGO Pure Earth has spent more than 3 years in Kabwe, Zambia—recently labeled “the world’s most toxic town” by The Guardian in a piece with photos by Pultizer Center grantee Larry C. Price—helping residents to deal with the legacy of environmental damage caused by lead mines.

The organization coordinated with the local health district to conduct extensive childhood blood lead testing, and trained members of the community to assess environmental contamination and clean up yards and homes.

Some residents of cleaned homes have seen their blood lead levels go down 50%. “Every home we clean … improves the chances of more children surviving,” says Pure Earth’s research director Jack Caravanos.

Source: Pure Earth

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