A statement signed by Mr Stephen Adjei, the Acting Senior Manager – Sustainability of Anglo Gold Ashanti Iduapriem Gold Mine and copied to the Ghana News Agency said the award was in recognition of the mine’s Malaria programme, which aimed at reducing malaria incident rates amongst employees, dependents and the surrounding communities.
The statement said in recognition of Iduapriem’s efforts, a citation was read which said “Your Company’s participation in malaria prevention is a sure way to support the nation in sustaining health and promoting wealth in Ghana.”
It said Malaria was a growing concern on the mine and its immediate host communities. On the mine, new cases of malaria amongst employees and contractors increased from 172 cases in 2015 to 236 in 2016; very alarming cases of malaria for the first half of 2017 stood at 218 cases.
Mr Jasper Musadaidzwa, the Managing Director of Iduapriem Gold Mine in recognition of this award noted “The award will encourage the Mine to do more in eradicating malaria from our host communities and Ghana at large. At AngloGold Ashanti, the fight against the disease is not only in our host communities but the bigger Tarkwa community. This recognition will spur us on to put in better measures to sustain our gains in that regard”.
Dr Keiza Malm, the National Malaria Control Pogramme Manager in her address commended Iduapriem Gold Mine for investing GH¢238,410.00 in the programme as part of its community investment resulting in the reduction of the malaria pandemic amongst employees.
Ms Elizabeth Villars, the Chairperson of the Private Sector Malaria Prevention (PSMP), noted “As the private sector, let us emulate and support the interventions implemented by Iduapriem Gold Mine in eradicating the prevalence of the disease”.
Mr Felix Nyanor-Fosu (the Chief of Party) of PSMP explained that the fight against the disease should be a collective effort and commended the Mine and other organizations for their support.
The statement said AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Gold Mine has so far distributed 12,500 mosquito treated nets in its host communities in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Centre for Communications supporting the community outreach programme with educational materials. The Municipal Health Directorate trained peer educators and 40 host community volunteers for the distribution of the nets and community education.
The project is contributing to the Municipal Directorate’s Malaria Control Programme in reducing the prevalence of malaria incidence in the Municipality.
AngloGold Ashanti is a global gold mining company with 17 operations and exploration projects in four different regions namely South Africa, Continental Africa, Australasia and the Americas.
The primary listing of the company’s ordinary shares is on the JSE Limited (JSE). Its ordinary shares are also listed on stock exchanges in London and Ghana, as well as being quoted in New York in the form of American Depositary Shares (ADSs), in Australia, in the form of CHESS Depositary Interests (CDIs) and in Ghana, in the form of Ghanaian Depositary Shares (GhDSs).