In 2004, Newmont partnered with Project C.U.R.E. to provide medical supplies to health facilities near our operations across the globe. Since the start of the partnership with Newmont, Project C.U.R.E. has delivered more than $8 million worth of medical supplies and conducted free medical clinics in communities and hospitals in Newmont’s mining communities. An estimated 250,000 people have benefited from the medical support generated from this partnership.
Packed by Newmont volunteers, the Project C.U.R.E. medical kits are portable, suitcase-sized kits containing basic medical supplies for community clinics and hospitals in countries including Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Indonesia, Suriname and Peru. Each medical kit includes medical examination supplies, wound care and personal hygiene items, as well as crucial medical supplies that are desperately lacking in clinics in some of these countries.
Newmont’s operations support Project C.U.R.E. in distributing unused medical equipment and supplies collected from manufacturers and hospitals in the US to hospitals and clinics in the developing world that lack medical supplies and equipment.
In Ghana, for example, Newmont has worked with Project C.U.R.E. to bring much needed medical support to communities near our mining operations. Recently, Melisa Harmon, from our corporate headquarters in Denver, together with her Technical Resource colleagues, donated medical kits from Project C.U.R.E. to the Akyem Adausena Health Center located near our Akyem mine.
Joshua Tietaah, the medical physician in charge of the Adausena Health Center who received the medical supplies on behalf of the center, thanked Newmont for the much needed support. He noted that the medical supplies were the second consignment received through the Newmont–Project C.U.R.E. partnership.
“We are supposed to buy most of the items, but this kind gesture enables us to invest in other items to support especially our medical laboratory,” Joshua Tietaah stated. “We will ensure the supplies will be put to good use.”
The Adausena Health Center is a community health facility built with support from Newmont Ghana’s Akyem mine in 2013. The facility has an outpatient department, a maternity unit and a medical laboratory.
Paul Apenu, the Akyem mine’s Community Development Manager, said that since 2014, Newmont has partnered with Project C.U.R.E. to support health care delivery within the Eastern Region. In August 2014, two containers with a total of 1,542 units of medical equipment and supplies were distributed to major health facilities in the Eastern Region of Ghana, including the New Abirem Government Hospital, Oda Government Hospital and the Holy Family Hospital in Nkawkaw (as well as other satellite community health facilities in Afosu, Adausena and Ntronang within Birim North District).
The Newmont–Project C.U.R.E. partnership is only one of many ways Newmont exhibits its commitment to the sustainable development of host communities. Newmont Ghana’s Akyem mine has also established other comprehensive social investment programs in the areas of education, healthcare, water and sanitation, infrastructure, and small business development.