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1 Asbestos in Eastern Europe and Central Asia - A Public Health Time Bomb Women in Europe for a Common Future - WECF Women in Europe for a Common Future - WECF

2 WHO estimates that currently 125 million people are being occupationally exposed to asbestos, including women and children ILO estimates asbestos causes deaths globally every year through occupational exposure alone. All Asbestos Kills

3 WECF discovered with shock that NGO partners wanted to use asbestos for ecological construction NGOs and the public had been told, that their asbestos was safe WECF bought samples in Kazakhstan and had them tested in a laboratory in Germany The chrysotile asbestos from Ka zakhstan is no different EECCA Asbestos - just as bad

4 Huge asbestos use in EECCA region We discovered: almost all new buildings are build with asbestos Asbestos Industry is powerful Scientists and politicians are not aware

5 Primary exposure is often regulated by the governments But even secondary exposure is effecting millions of women and children in the EECCA region Cases of mesothelomia cancer Women washing clothes of asbestos workers Women playing as child near asbestos factory Women and children: affected

6 mesothelioma development risks increase sharply in the case of long-term exposure to low doses of asbestos comparatively rare exposure to high doses Therefore, women and children at risk from: Houses, schools, playgrounds with asbestos Asbestos dust in cities with asbestos factories Women and children at risk

7 WECF project on asbestos WECF started a project on inventory and awareness raising

8 Previous Actions Publishing an inventory report on asbestos in EECCA region in English and Russian Publishing a fact sheet on asbestos in EECCA region in Russian, Kazakh, Ukrain and English Presenting the finings at a side event at COP4 of Rotterdam Convention


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