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17 October 2007 | Printer friendly

Bio-monitoring used to highlight lead levels

Organisation: Georgian Environmental and Biological Monitoring Association

Contact details: mjuruli@myoffice.ge

Bio-monitoring used to highlight lead levels

Lead concentrations in the air in Tblisi, Georgia’s capital city, are above recommended levels. In rush-hour traffic, levels rise higher with serious consequences for children’s health. Yet, economic and social transformations taking place in Georgia are slowing progress on the phasing out of lead in petrol.

The Georgian Environmental and Biological Monitoring Association (GEBMA) is raising awareness of the problem by organising the collection and analysis of existing information on air and blood levels in urban settings. The work involves training groups in Tblisi, Batumi, Kutaisi and Poti to undertake blood sampling, analysis, monitoring, and hazard control.

GEBMA has transmitted the results of the monitoring and disseminated information on measures to protect children from the harmful impact of lead to the public through a national seminar and regular meetings. Their materials include booklets on the health concerns associated with lead, which also describe how to build support for prevention. The public also hears about the campaign work via radio, TV and newspaper articles.


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