Haitians record five times blood lead levels as Americans – study

Haitians record five times blood lead levels as Americans – study

Haitians record five times blood lead levels as Americans – study 150 150 Batteries International

January 13, 2022: A December study in the journal Hypertension has found that blood lead levels in people living in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince are five times higher than those in the US.

The High Lead Exposure Associated with Higher Blood Pressure in Haiti: a Warning Sign for Low-Income Countries study shows that lead levels have been consistently about five times higher in Haitians than Americans since 2010. The levels have been measured every two years and include 2020.

“Environmental lead exposure is associated with high blood pressure and cardiovascular mortality in high-income countries but has not been systematically measured in lower-income countries, where 6.5 billion people reside,” the report says.

In fact, the problem was reported some years ago.

In 2015, the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health published a report on Haiti that showed elevated blood levels in infants and children and concluded that batteries were ‘a significant, modifiable risk factor’.

“Few studies have reported blood lead levels in Haitian children, despite the known presence of lead from environmental factors such as soil, water, leaded paint and gasoline, improperly discarded batteries and earthquakes,” the report said. “Exposure to improperly discarded batteries and living in the mountain area were significant risk factors for EBLLs (elevated blood lead levels).”

It goes on to conclude that in some areas, only children exposed to discarded lead batteries had a significantly higher blood lead level.

“After batteries expire in Haiti, they may be stored in the yard, burned with other garbage, or thrown in a local natural water source,” it said. “With nearly half the children in our study reporting exposure to improperly discarded batteries near their home or school, providing ways to safely discard batteries could be one way to decrease EBLLs in Haiti.”

It did not find that leaded paint was an obvious cause of the EBLLs.