They may live on different continents and in different time zones, but dozens of Newmont employees in Denver and Ghana are connected by their desire to help improve healthcare infrastructure in communities near the company’s Ahafo operations.
Boxes from Project C.U.R.E. are delivered near Newmont’s Ahafo operations.
Through Newmont’s partnership with Project C.U.R.E., a Denver-based nonprofit that provides donated medical supplies to healthcare facilities in developing countries, employees recently teamed up in a cross-continent volunteer effort that began in Denver, where corporate employees packed supplies, and ended in Ahafo, where Ghana employees distributed them.
In all, six healthcare facilities in the Asutifi and Tano North districts of the Brong Ahafo Region received donated medical equipment and supplies valued at approximately $2 million. Dental surgical instruments, a dental x-ray unit, incubators, surgical instrument kits, wheelchairs, operating tables, oxygen masks and lab kits were among the supplies donated. Newmont’s contribution included $40,000 to cover the costs of packing and shipping the container overseas. Our team also spent many volunteer hours sorting, packing and delivering medical supplies to healthcare clinics on the other side of the Atlantic.
This isn’t the first time Newmont has partnered with Project C.U.R.E. Since 2005, Newmont and Project C.U.R.E. have teamed up to deliver more than $6.8 million in medical supplies and equipment to Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Haiti, and Peru, touching the lives of more than 250,000 people in need of medical services and care.
Claire Eblovi, Executive Director of Project C.U.R.E.’s Chicago operations, said she looks forward to working side by side with Newmont to continue building upon that success.
“Through our combined efforts, communities will be healthier. Working together, Newmont and Project C.U.R.E. can be organizations that leave a positive legacy and serve as examples for others to follow.”
Newmont representatives meet with traditional leaders to deliver medical supplies.
In Ghana, recipients of the donated equipment included the Acherensua Health Center, Gyedu Health Center, Kenyasi Health Center, St. Elizabeth Catholic Hospital, Tanoso Health Center, and Yamfo Health Center. After delivering the supplies, Newmont Ghana and the District Health Directorates assisted a Project C.U.R.E. representative in assessing the needs of each facility to ensure each received the appropriate medical equipment and supplies.
At an event celebrating Newmont Ghana and Project C.U.R.E.’s donation, Paul Sowley, General Manager of Environment and Social Responsibility at Newmont’s Ahafo operation, described the improved healthcare and service offerings as “a testament to the positive impacts that safe and responsible mining can make in our socio-economic lives as a country.” He added that Newmont’s contributions align with the company’s core values, which are to demonstrate leadership in safety, environmental stewardship and social responsibility.
Mrs. Matilda Nana Manye Amissah-Arthur, wife of Ghana Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur and a special guest at the celebration, commended Newmont Ghana for taking interest in the health of the people in its host communities. Agyewodin Nana (Prof) Ampem, Omanhene of Acherensua Traditional Area, also attended the celebration and thanked Newmont for its kind gesture.
“Everywhere we work, Newmont promotes health and safety as a paramount value,” said Matt King, Senior Manager of Social Responsibility at Newmont. “The work we do with Project C.U.R.E. goes hand in hand with demonstrating Newmont values, and gives employees across our global operations an opportunity to participate and connect with our neighbors.”