Société des Mines de Fer de Guinée (SMFG), a joint venture between Newmont and BHP Billiton, recently helped Project C.U.R.E. deliver a 40-foot container full of medical supplies to the Guinée forestière region of the Republic of Guinea.
The donation of approximately $400,000 worth of medical supplies and equipment has helped local medical facilities improve their healthcare services, particularly in the wake of the Ebola outbreak.
Dr. Youla, the chief executive officer at the regional hospital of N’Zérékoré, the largest medical facility in the area, commented on the importance of the delivery:
“These gifts raised the quality of the services during a difficult period, especially in the general medicine, pediatrics, surgery and maternity departments. With the medical equipment and consumables that the hospital received, we were able to treat patients in full safety thanks to the sterile, protective equipment.”
Working closely with Project C.U.R.E.’s Cargo program, SMFG identified the specific needs of the recipient clinics, ensuring that the supplies in the container benefited people in the community. The items donated included:
- modern operating tables
- child-birthing tables
- solar lamps and bulbs
- medical instruments and consumable supplies
The Esperance Clinic of Zao is a humanitarian medical facility offering a complete range of services. Due to its excellent reputation, patients travel there from all over Guinea and even from neighboring countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire.
“Ebola affected us and the clinic was closed during a certain period,” said Dr. Simon Guilavogui, medical assistant manager at the Esperance clinic. “Thanks to the donation, we could reopen the clinic. We greatly appreciate the partnership that we have with SMFG and Project C.U.R.E.”
To learn more about Newmont’s partnership with Project C.U.R.E., read about our three-year agreement in Beyond the Mine, our 2015 sustainability report.