Posted on June 11, 2019

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) sends our sincerest congratulations to the dedicated Colombian lawmakers, trade unions, and activists for passing the “Ana Cecilia Niño Bill” to ban the production, industrial use, and trade of asbestos.

It is impossible to mention all those who contributed to this great national achievement, but ADAO wants to personally recognize Daniel Pineda, the founder of the Fundación Ana Cecilia Niño, whose beloved wife, Ana Cecilia Niño, passed away from mesothelioma.

In September, I had the honor of meeting Senator Nadia Blel Scaff at the first ever “Asbestos: A Silent Killer?” Conference at the University Del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia. ADAO thanks her for her passion and unrelenting parliamentary efforts to secure the ban.

Felipe Rico Atara, creator of the extraordinary documentary, “Inextinguible”, undoubtedly contributed enormously to raising awareness about the problem of continued asbestos use in Columbia. Felipe shared, “Asbestos was banned in Colombia and it is a source of pride to know that this film helped to awaken the consciousness of many people who decided to join the call for a #ColombiaSinAsbesto.”

I watched in awe of Greenpeace Colombia who strategically executed numerous protests, from creative street demonstrations to wide-reaching ban asbestos phone campaigns.

Today’s action is another landmark step forward in national and international efforts to end asbestos man-made disasters. As we have learned, when we are united, everything is possible.

Linda Reinstein
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