In February 2020, SRIREP Project conducted the first preliminary clinical survey of the ASGM community of Myanmar in collaboration with Environmental Conservation Department (ECD), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (Myanmar) in order to evaluate the health condition of the community especially the Hg intoxication.
Mining workers need alternative job opportunities to quite out from the economic trap of the ASGM sector while simultaneously reduce the negative effects of mercury pollution. The stakeholder assessment indicated that the Bombana Health Department, the Bombana Environment Agency, and local leaders were stakeholders who would support the mercury emission reduction program.
Although some contamination originated from natural geological sources, anthropogenic activities such as mining industries are also the main contributors to environmental damage and toxic metal pollution. The food chain, especially livestock tend to bioaccumulate mercury (Hg) in their bodies.
One of our studies includes atmospheric Hg contamination which is focusing on the level of atmospheric Hg contamination the air, water, soil, and living organisms, including trees in an artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) area.
Mercury (Hg) contamination in soil and forage plants is toxic to ecosystems and artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) is the main source of such pollution in the Bombana area of Indonesia. Hg contamination in soil and forage plants was investigated by particle-induced X-ray emission analysis of samples collected from three savannah areas
The evaluation of mercury impact on humans is necessary especially for the communities living in or near ASGM areas. The early diagnosis of mercury toxicity is one of the most important monitoring parameters to prevent the effects of mercury-intoxication
The issues of safety water become the most serious topic in the world at the present moment because of numerous environmental pollution problems. The rivers are used as a source of water by inhabitants living along the river, due to the lack of another clean water supply.