Economic and social challenges faced by injured artisanal and small-scale gold miners in Kenya
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Miners in Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) operations have been evidenced to sustain injuries frequently. However, literature review reveals a lack of research in this domain especially in understanding the challenges faced by injured miners and their families. Consequently, in order to address this lacuna, the current study aims to provide a comprehensive insight into the post-injury economic and social issues. A semi-structured qualitative interview was administered to severely injured miners. The survey comprised questions pertaining to the study participants’ economic, social and lifestyle challenges post sustaining the injury. Severely injured miners were identified, purposively selected and interviewed until the sample achieved ideal saturation. This point was reached after the interview of thirty-three seriously injured miners. The thematic analysis results revealed a reduction in economic sufficiency, negative social health and alterations in lifestyle. The study concluded an impending need of educating the miners on the ASM-related hazards and associated health problems. The study encourages the mine owners and relevant government institutions to develop policies that protect injured miners and their families. Overall, this study has enhanced the understanding of the issues faced by workers in the informal or formal small-scale industries.
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