LEAD EXPOSURE ELIMINATION PROJECT

STARTED: Incubation Program 2020

Lucia Coulter
Co-founder & Director

SEED GRANT: $60,000

Jack Rafferty
Co-founder & Director

LEEP advocates for lead paint regulation to reduce lead poisoning and improve the health, wellbeing, and potential of children worldwide.

CURRENT OR PREDICTED IMPACT:

  • Estimated impact due to LEEP’s Malawi program:

    • decrease poisoning in ~215,000 children

    • avert 43,000 DALY-equivalents

  • LEEP estimates that this will be completed at approximately $14 per DALY-equivalent averted.

SIGNIFICANT UPDATES: 

  • LEEP is currently carrying out paint sampling studies in Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, and Liberia in collaboration with partners at the Madagascar Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the University of Zimbabwe, The Aga Khan University in Pakistan, and the Liberian EPA (Dec 2021)

  • Thanks to LEEP, the Malawi Bureau of Standards has committed to enforcing regulation and getting lead paint off shelves (May 2021)

ACHIEVEMENTS: 

  • LEEP identified high levels of lead in paint in Malawi and successfully advocated for the implementation of lead paint regulation.

  • LEEP is currently carrying out paint studies in Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Liberia, and Pakistan through academic and government partnerships.

  • The Malawi Bureau of Standards has invited LEEP to take part in a technical committee alongside industry players in Malawi to agree upon details for phasing out lead in paint.

  • LEEP is a member of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint, an initiative jointly led by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Environment Program.

  • LEEP has also recently received a foundation grant from Schmidt Futures, and was one of two organizations recommended in Rethink Priorities’ Global Lead Exposure Report.

ROOM FOR MORE FUNDING FOR 2022: 

  • $117,000