A prevalence of lead poisoning in Sihanoukville

This week the SicKids team are in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, supporting the health and wellbeing of local children and parents alongside the excellent team at M’Lop Tapang.

Interestingly, we’ve learned about a prevalence of lead poisoning in the region – something that’s very rare in the UK these days.

Local health workers believe this is due, in part, to the use of lead weights in fishing. Sue learned about how the villagers make the nets, which support their livelihood in a community without clean water, sanitation or a regular supply of electricity.

fishing nets

Trustees Andrew and Den, and grant recipient Sue, visited the fishing village, with a particularly high number of children with lead poisoning, which is just down the beach from a five star hotel. M’Lop Tapang’s fantastic education team were also there with their mobile library.

fishing village

You can read more about it in Andrew’s blog.

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