A Social-health Perspective of the Miners in Talawaan and Galangan, Indonesia, 2003
by Dr. Rachmadhi Purwana SKM (National Consultant) The objective of this study was to explore the social- and economic-status and awareness of the small-scale gold-miners about the harm and danger of using mercury in goldmining. This study was in line with the forthcoming comprehensive survey on health issues of mercury in gold-mining. The study was organized by a coordinative work of the Department of Energy and Mineral Resources Republic of Indonesia and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) with the assistance of the University of Indonesia, Faculty of Public Health. The study took place in two islands of Indonesia, theKalimantan Island and the Sulawesi Island at the Galangan (Hampalit) Village, Central Kalimantan and in the Talawaan Village, North Sulawesi from April to May 2003. The Talawaan mining ground is an underground mining and the Galangan mining area is an alluvial mining type. The two places are widely occupied by the so called ‘mining community’ a group of miners and gold collectors with no noticeable legal rights to do the mining business.
07 May 2010