Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change and salinization, due to its low-lying and densely populated coastal regions. According to a recent study, about 35 million people in Bangladesh are exposed to saline water, which can cause hypertension, kidney diseases, cardiovascular problems, and other health issues. Moreover, salinization can also affect the economic productivity of the population, as poor health can reduce their work performance and income.
This study aims to understand the public health and economic impacts of climate change-induced salinization in Bangladesh by investigating the impact of drinking saline water on the productivity of factory workers through the intermediating mechanism of hypertension. The study focuses on the workers of Jute Mills, which is one of the largest and oldest industries in Bangladesh. Jute is a natural fiber that is used for making various products such as bags, carpets, ropes, and fabrics. Jute Mills employs thousands of workers in different sections and units, who are exposed to various environmental and occupational hazards, including salinization.
The objective of this study is to understand the public health and economic impacts of climate change-induced salinization in Bangladesh investigating the impact of drinking saline water on the productivity of factory workers through the intermediating mechanism of hypertension. The study may help us to explore the consequence of better – facilitating appropriate planning for adaptation and mitigation of climate change in the coastal areas of Bangladesh.
A baseline survey was conducted, collecting data from 660 workers in 7 sections of 2 units in the Jute Mills. Monthly follow-up surveys have begun, with 4 completed and the 5th currently ongoing. The surveys focus on the health and salinity data of the workers. The factory salinity data collection process is ongoing from 2 units and 4 sources. Production data is being collected from the listed sample workers. Air and sound pollution data are also being gathered from the 7 sections of the Jute Mills using air testing devices and sound meter apps.
Sample Size: 600
Type of Research: Experimental study
Field of Research: Climate change
Stage of Research: The follow-up survey is ongoing
Dr. Abu Shonchoy (Associate Professor, Florida International University),
Dr. Saravana Ravindran (Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore),
Dr. Nusrat Jimi (Faculty Research Associate, Vassar College)