Preventing suicides from pesticide ingestion

We want to prevent the 150,000 suicide deaths that occur from pesticide ingestion each year. Making the pesticides used in farming communities less toxic - by working with pesticide regulators to ban the most hazardous pesticides - allows people to survive their crisis, to receive the support they need from their families and communities, and to go on to live a long and productive life.

Sri Lanka is the poster child for this approach - over the last 20 years, pesticide regulation has saved around 100,000 lives at a cost of less than 50 US dollars per life. With effort, this remarkable success can be reproduced elsewhere, saving tens of thousands of lives each year across lower and middle-income countries.

Michael Eddleston