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Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining

GLOBAL HEALTH

Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining

The Minamata Convention on Mercury was adopted in 2013 to control the release of mercury to the environment. Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) is the major source of anthropogenic mercury, and Article 16 of the Minamata Convention requires strategies and programs to identify and protect populations at risk; promotion of education and prevention related to occupational exposure; promotion of health care services for miners, and strengthening prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of workers and their families. GLC faculty worked with WHO to review the literature on health hazards associated with ASGM. Environmental and occupational health hazards associated with artisanal and small-scale gold mining

We also have created and tested a curriculum for primary health care providers to identify, treat, monitor, and educate miners and their families on mercury poisoning.  This is currently in review. Click on Global Training Programs on the right to read more about this.

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