Health impacts of industrial mining in Ghana and sub-Saharan Africa
- In Ghana and elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, mineral extraction has a wide range of environmental, economic and social impacts that affect the health and well-being of local communities.
- Many negative impacts on environmental health and other risk factors are identified.
- Health equity is a major concern, with women and the poorer households being disproportionally affected.
- Diverse impacts on health were identified, including increases in sexually transmitted, diarrheal and chronic diseases.
- Strengthening health impact assessment (HIA) practice for industrial mining projects could improve the health of local communities
Philip Adongo, University Of Ghana, Accra, Ghana, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fred Binka, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Ghana, email@example.com
Martin Ayanore, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Ghana, firstname.lastname@example.org
Belinda Nimako, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Ghana, email@example.com
Dominik Dietler, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Leuenberger, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, email@example.com
Mirko Winkler, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, firstname.lastname@example.org
r4d Health impact assessment for engaging natural resource extraction projects in sustainable development in producer regions: