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A snapshot of environmental health conditions among indigenous Baram communities at Borneo, Sarawak


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Vivien, How and Othman, Khairuddin (2017) A snapshot of environmental health conditions among indigenous Baram communities at Borneo, Sarawak. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, 10 (1). pp. 90-94. ISSN 1755-6783, ESSN: 0974-6005

Abstract

Background: This paper outlines the environmental health conditions arising from the synergistic effect of the rampant human activities (illegal logging and rapid expansion of oil palm plantations) that are exploiting the nature resources without proper planning. This led to the unsolved health problem caused by multifaceted of hazards among the remote indigenous Baram communities at Borneo, Sarawak. Methodology: This is an observational survey, which conducted in two phases, that is, June 2014 and January 2016. A random sampling of locations from the downstream and reservoir zones of the Baram River were selected for site surveillance. A total of 10 indigenous villages were visited and 3 main populations of affected indigenous people (Kayan, Kenyah, and Penan) were recruited for short interviews. Result: The result showed that at least 80% of the interviewed villagers held clear views on the identified environmental hazards; however, site surveillance to review the environmental health conditions of their living area showed that the health of the indigenous community is in the vulnerable and precarious conditions. Discussion and Conclusion: This observational survey provides insights of the current environmental health conditions among the remote aboriginal communities at Borneo Island. The data provides a detailed picture of the state of environmental health conditions and discuss the potential health consequences among the indigenous communities across Baram communities.


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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.4103/ATMPH.ATMPH_80_17
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer-Medknow
Keywords: Environmental health; Health condition; Indigenous; Inequality; Remote
Depositing User: Nida Hidayati Ghazali
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2019 04:55
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2019 04:55
Altmetrics: http://www.altmetric.com/details.php?domain=psasir.upm.edu.my&doi=10.4103/ATMPH.ATMPH_80_17
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/60737
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