The IEUA WA Branch is a proud supporter of Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA, which is part of a global campaign of trade unions and activists working hard to ban asbestos in Asia.
2018 has been a big year with significant campaign wins and building momentum in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Indonesia. At a global level, they have also seen bans announced in Brazil and Canada, weakening the reach of the asbestos industry. They want 2019 is going to be even bigger!
Your support can help make 2019 the tipping point in the campaign to end asbestos.
KEY ASBESTOS FACTS:
- Biggest importers: India, Indonesia and Vietnam.
- Heaviest users per head of population: Laos and Sri Lanka.
- Total number of deaths per year in Asia: 58,542 (2016, Global Burden of Disease estimates). ***This number will increase in the coming decades reflecting a big jump in use over the last two decades.***
Momentum is building as more countries move towards banning asbestos, and as the understanding of the dangers of asbestos grows.
But the asbestos industry is pushing back hard to stop or delay bans.