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Lead Blood Levels among Children Living in Rural Area of Mongolia

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Ganchimeg Ulziibayar, PhD, Public Health Institute of Ministry of Health, Public Health Institute, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Zoljargal Erdenechimeg, MPH, Environmental Health Department, Public Health Institute, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Lead pollution and its health effects on people are considered an important public health concern worldwide, affecting developing countries the most. The present study aimed to determine the blood lead levels among children in rural areas of Mongolia. Methods. A cross sectional study was conducted and blood samples were obtained from 598 children (aged 1-10 years) in the Dornod, Govi-Altai, Bayanhongor and Orhon provinces (covering the East, West and Central areas of Mongolia) to investigate the lead blood levels of children in these areas; the Lead Care II tool was utilized to conduct the measurements. Results. Lead blood levels were above normal levels ( 5mg/dl) in 93.8% of the children. Blood levels varied by region with levels being the highest in the Govi-Altai province (11.85mg/dl) and lower in the Orhon province (7.885mg/dl); while Dornod (10.7585mg/dl), Bayanhongor (9.7985mg/dl). Differences were also observed by sex with lead blood levels being higher among males (11.1485mg/dl) than among females (9.5685mg/dl), all results were statistically significant (<0.0001).This is the first phase of this study, the second phase will aim to determine the causes for the differences in lead blood level concentrations. Conclusion. Lead blood levels among children living in rural areas are higher than the level considered normal. More studies need to be conducted to provide evidence based data that can be used to informed effective public health preventive efforts.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Environmental health sciences
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Assess lead blood levels of children (aged 1-10 years) living in rural areas of Mongolia.

Keyword(s): Environmental Health, Child Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract author and presenter because I hold an MPH and have 12 years of public health practice experience and I currently serve as the Director of the Public Health Institute of Mongolia.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.