Women’s Work, Health And The Environment In A Small-Scale Mining Site in Northeastern Ghana

March 2011

Analysis of the exposure of women to mercury as a consequence of working and living in a gold mining site.

The article discusses a study of women's work and health at Kejetia mining site in Kumasi, Ghana. Particular focus is given to the exposure of women to mercury as a consequence of working and living in a gold mining site. Results of the study showed that about half of the women engaged in food preparation and sales, while shanking of the sand was the most common form of work. A total of 16 women reported miscarriages caused by ingestion of organic mercury.