Over 400 children died due to environmental contamination caused by unsafe mining activities in Nigeria © Pierre Longnus via Getty Images
Over 400 children died due to environmental contamination caused by unsafe mining activities in Nigeria © Pierre Longnus via Getty Images

Action after gold mining linked to child deaths

posted by Andrew Allen
in Risk
10 February 2022

An NGO programme to stop children dying from lead poisoning in Nigeria due to contamination from gold mining has proved so successful it has handed been over to local government.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said 10 years after it launched its programme to investigate and prevent a high number of child fatalities in Zamfara state, children are no longer dying of lead poisoning in the area.

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