Saving Newborns and Training Locals in Ghana with Project C.U.R.E.

Investing in the health and safety of our stakeholders helps create value and promote sustainable and responsible mining.

Since 2015, Newmont has partnered with the Denver-based non-profit, Project C.U.R.E., to deliver the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) program to residents near our Akyem and Ahafo mines. HBB trains midwives and nurses to provide basic newborn resuscitation and alleviate trauma and fatigue for babies and mothers.

This past June and July, Project C.U.R.E.’s Jennifer Manhoff and Patty Kelly travelled to Ghana’s Brong Ahafo and Eastern regions to train new facilitators, deliver supplies and check on progress.

“The community trainees are doing a fabulous job,” said Manhoff. “It’s very exciting to have accomplished and willing Ghanaian facilitators in both locations.”

Along with their dedicated team, Manhoff and Kelly trained 52 people in total, including two Master Trainers. They also provided medical tools and supplies to the local community engagement effort.

Most importantly, Manhoff was able to see first-hand how community members had taken ownership of the program: “The facilitators are always teaching someone new and feel responsible for creating change.”

The World Health Organization suggests that up to two-thirds of newborn deaths can be prevented when a trained attendant is present at birth. In Ghana alone, the government estimates that roughly 120 babies die for every 1,000 deliveries due to birth asphyxia, prolonged labor or obstructed labor.

Project C.U.R.E. is reversing these trends. The organization estimates that roughly 15,000 babies have already been served since HBB was launched in 2013.

For over a decade, our partnership with Project C.U.R.E. has aided more than 800,000 people by delivering medical supplies, tools, equipment and services to developing countries around the world. Every year, along with our financial aid, hundreds of Newmont employees build on that contribution by volunteering their time to pack containers and to hand carry packs of medical supplies on site visits.

We look forward to our continued partnership with Project C.U.R.E. and thank the organization for its ongoing dedication to health and safety.

To learn more about our global sustainability initiatives, visit our microsite, Beyond the Mine.


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