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More than one in six women involved in a small-scale study in 21 countries has a level of mercury above a widely-accepted recommended safety dose, according to a report published on 10 January 2007 by the “Stay Healthy, Stop Mercury” campaign.

Although the small-scale survey involved approximately 250 women, the results reaffirm figures published in the EU’s 2005 extended impact assessment. The findings are worrying because scientific reports have shown conclusively that low-level exposure to mercury in the womb can cause brain damage in children.

* Download the full report (PDF, 1,2 MB)

The “Stay Healthy, Stop Mercury” campaign aims to raise awareness of a potential “child brain drain” taking place in Europe and around the world as a result of environmental mercury pollution. The two groups coordinating the campaign – the Health & Environment Alliance and Health Care Without Harm – are calling on the EU to show leadership in efforts to control environmental mercury pollution by securing a global ban on mercury. Ultimately, the only solution is to eliminate all uses of mercury everywhere, to collect and store remaining mercury safely and to clean up mercury pollution.

Download chapter by chapter:

* Preface

* Executive Summary

* Chapter 1: How does mercury affect our health?

* Chapter 2: Mercury pollution – where does it come from?

* Chapter 3: Mercury control – how far have we come?

* Chapter 4: Conclusion and recommendations

* Annex 1: The testing protocol

* Annex 2: Hair sample results, mean values per country

* References

The report is now available in German.

Other resources:

* Cartoons (credit: Ulf Swerin)

* Executive Summary, French

* Executive Summary, Swedish

* Executive Summary, Spanish

* Executive Summary, Polish

* Executive Summary, Russian

* Executive Summary, Armenian

* Executive Summary, Bulgarian

* Executive Summary, Croatian

* Executive Summary, Slovak

* Executive Summary, Czech

Report launch at the European Parliament, 10 January 2007

* Invitation flyer

* Report presentation: "Halting the child brain drain: why we need to tackle global mercury contamination", Genon K. Jensen and Karolina Ruzickova

* Presentation: "Low dose mercury and the developing brain of a child", Gavin W. ten Tusscher, M.D., Ph.D., consulting paediatrician Graphs

* Pictures from the launch of the report at the European Parliament —>

Participating organisations:

AKTI NGO, Cyprus
Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment, Armenia
Arnika, Czech Republic
Bund fur Umwelt und Naturschutz, Germany
Centre National d’Information Indépendante sur les Déchets, France
Earth Forever Foundation, Bulgaria
European Public Health Alliance, Belgium
Family Medicine Department, Wroclaw Medical University, Poland
Foundation for Realisation of Ideas, Belarus
Groundwork, South Africa
Health Care Without Harm, Phillippines
Hospital Universitario Virgen de las Nieves, Granada, Spain
Irish Doctors Environmental Association - IDEA, Ireland
La Leche League, Belgium
Macedonian Doctors for the Environment, Macedonia
Non au Mercure Dentaire - NAMD, France
PIN for Health, Croatia
Priatelia Zeme, Slovakia
Royal College of Nursing (RCN), UK
Salud Sin Daño - Health Care Without Harm, Argentina
Swedish Doctors for the Environment, Sweden
Toxics Link, India
Women in Europe for a Common Future, Germany
Women in Europe for a Common Future, the Netherlands

Coded by Francesco Longu