Newmont reducing the incidences of malaria among its employees, contractors and local residents.
According to a recent World Health Organization (WHO) report, about half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria, with most reported cases and deaths in sub-Saharan Africa.
Recognizing the devastating effect malaria could have on its workforce and nearby communities, in 2005 and 2006 Newmont Ghana introduced a program to reduce the incidence of malaria among its employees, contractors and local residents.
In collaboration with the Ghana Health Service, Newmont Ghana has provided more than 6,000 long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets to pregnant women and children. Community peer educators have also been trained to educate nearby communities on malaria prevention and other health issues, including tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Additional malaria control efforts include indoor residual spraying in all company owned facilities.
In 2011, Newmont Ghana’s workplace HIV/AIDS and malaria program received the ‘Best in the Workplace’ award from the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.