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TIFO honored with achievement award
TIFO was honored to receive the AEHS Achievement Award at the 29th Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air in San Diego, California. The award recognizes individuals and organizations making important contributions to the field of environmental health.
TIFO e-lecture available online
TIFO Executive Director Casey Bartrem gave an introductory lecture on Risk Assessment as part of the International Institute for Environmental Studies (II-ES) e-lecture series on Environmental Health Risk Assessment, Management, and Communication.
The mission of II-ES is to foster research and policy for the management of international environmental issues. II-ES brings together world class scientists and policy analysts from institutions from around the globe to collaborate, sharing expertise, facilities, and research programs.
Two TIFO articles published in EHP
TIFO is proud to announce authorship of two publications in the September 2016 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives:
Twenty-Third Granville H. Sewell Distinguished Lecture in Environmental Health Sciences
Encephalopathy, Death, or IQ: Disparity in Environmental Remediation Response Criteria for Childhood Lead Poisoning in Low- and High-Income Countries
April 20, 2016
Ian H. von Lindern, Ph.D., Co-Founder, TIFO
8th European Public Health Conference - Milan, Italy
14 - 17 October 2015
TIFO is proud to present Global Health Workshop 1A:
15 October 2015 13:50 - 15:20
New Lead Poisoning Outbreak in Niger State, Nigeria
TIFO, in collaboration with MSF, is investigating a new lead poisoning outbreak in Niger State, Nigeria. See story for more information (May 2015).
How a Gold Mining Boom is Killing the Children of Nigeria
It is a pattern seen in various parts of the world — children being sickened from exposure to lead from mining activities. But the scale of the problem in Nigeria’s gold-mining region of Zamfara is unprecedented: More than 400 children have died and thousands more have been severely poisoned by exposure to lead dust. . . Read more
What was killing the children?
In Nigeria, a dedicated team of University of Idaho researchers works to solve a mystery claiming hundreds of lives.
When Doctors Without Borders began visiting remote, far-flung Nigerian villages to immunize residents last year, what they found was heartbreaking, unprecedented and mysterious. By the time they’d made their rounds, they’d discovered 400 infants and children in seven separate villages had died. In each case, it was the same scenario: the children would begin convulsing, fall into a coma and eventually die. . . . Read more
Lead clean-up in Nigerian village is life-or-death race against time
In remote northern Nigeria, it is now a race against time to prevent a catastrophe in the world's worst-ever recorded outbreak of lead poisoning (June, 2010).
African Gold Rush Kills Children as Miners Discover Lead Dust
When prices rise, no matter the commodity, people start pushing into places that otherwise wouldn’t be economical, said Ian von Lindern, the chief executive officer of TerraGraphics Environmental Engineering Inc., a Moscow, Idaho-based consulting company that is providing the technical direction for the cleanup (December 2010).
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Students Help Apply Idaho Expertise to Senegal Lead Contamination Cleanup
The tragic deaths of more than 30 Senegalese children near Dakar first posed a mystery in 2008.
“When it first started, they thought it was a biological epidemic, something like meningitis,” said Margrit von Braun, University of Idaho College of Graduate Studies dean.
Then the awful reality of lead’s toxic shadow emerged as scientists identified the cause and began taking action to remediate the health threat (May 2009).
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