Understanding health impacts around large mines in Africa
Mining for natural resources benefits local communities, e.g. through improved infrastructure, but it also affects the health of people living close-by. Air and water pollution, increased traffic accidents, and small-scale earthquakes cause damage to lives and homes.
An international study team has collected qualitative and quantitative data in mining areas in four African countries. This includes information on current institutional and regulatory setups, an evaluation of how mining affects health-related SDG targets, and an assessment of health systems and socioeconomic factors at district level. With findings from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania, the public health of affected communities can now be investigated more systematically and feed into policymaking to better balance the positive and negative impacts of mining.
This video-clip was produced as part of ther4d programme Digital Storytellers synthesis project. Its contents were filmed and selected by Andrea Leuenberger and Dominik Dietler from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland, in collaboration with local partners in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Tanzania and Mozambique. The digital storytelling process was accompanied and supported byPaitití Lab.Watch on YouTube.
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Dominik Dietler, firstname.lastname@example.org Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland
r4d project Health impact assessment for engaging natural resource extraction projects in sustainable development in producer regions;
A film by Andrea Leuenberger and Dominik Dietler, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland / Edited by Andre Dedeco / Produced by Sonja Schenkel,Paitití Lab
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r4d Digital Storyteller Video-clips How can community health around large gold mines be improved in Burkina Faso? and How could we improve community health around large gold mines in Tanzania?