Determinants of perceived risk among artisanal gold miners: A case study of Berber locality, Sudan

Fadlallah, Mahmoud Ali and Pal, Indrajit and Hoe, Victor Chee Wai (2020) Determinants of perceived risk among artisanal gold miners: A case study of Berber locality, Sudan. Extractive Industries and Society, 7 (2, SI). pp. 748-757. ISSN 2214-790X, DOI

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Artisanal gold mining poses significant threats to miners and to communities near mining sites. Risk perception can provide information to policy- and decision-makers for risk mitigation and prioritization of interventions. The present study applies hierarchical regression analysis to factors influencing perceived risk among artisanal gold miners in the Berber locality of Sudan. Following principal component analysis, ten indicators were used to compute a composite index for miners' perceived risk. Each assessment indicator was considered to make an equal contribution to perceived risk. The factors determining the perceived risk included education, unemployment, years of work, income, personal experience of natural hazards, distance to health facility, access to water and sanitation, experience of social communication, and hazard characteristics. The present study found that age, limited livelihoods options, household size, and self-rated health status were not statistically significant. Although miners' perception of risk was reasonably high, there was always a shortcoming in translating this perception into safer behavior. Thus, miners were persistently exposed to accidents and fatal injuries. As risk perception could be enhanced and shared through social communication, effective communal platforms are imperative for raising risk awareness and promoting a culture of safety, thereby reducing the gross health risks at various stages.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, Public Health Institute
Uncontrolled Keywords: Risk perception; Artisanal gold miners; Hazard experience; Social communication; Sudan
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine > Social & Preventive Medicine
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2023 05:36
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2023 05:36

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