Stories from Sebastian R. Freiku .
A three-year partnership programme has been signed between Asanko Gold Mines Ghana Limited and Health Partners International of Canada (HIPIC), a Canadian non-profit organisation, since February this year to improve maternal and child health in its operational areas in the Amansie West and South districts.
The new intervention comes at the heels of a similar intervention under a partnership with Project C.U.R.E., a US-based non-governmental organisation, which has donated US$1.5 million worth of medical equipment and supplies to eight health facilities in the Amansie West District.
The beneficiary health facilities under this project include St. Martins Hospital at Agroyesum, Manso Nkwanta Health Centre, Manso Adubia Health Centre, Manso Nkran Health Centre, Manso Abore Health Centre, Keniago Community-based Health and Planning Services Compound, Essuowin Health Centre, and Mother of God Clinic at Esaase.
The partnership with HIPIC forms part of the company’s resolve to improve the wellbeing of people, the Acting Executive General Manager, Mr. Shadrack Ainoo, announced at a Manso Adubia recently.
The project is dubbed “OBAATANPA“, and aimed at strategically strengthening the Mine’s “Asanko Opportunity Cycle” initiative, which is expected to provide health workers in the eight beneficiary health facilities in the project area with the requisite skills in pharmaceutical supply, chain management, and maternal and child health care.
Under the partnership, capacity building in the pharmaceutical supply chain management (PSCM), training of midwives and equipping them with basic tools to enhance their work, and donation of medical supplies (maternal and child health drugs) to enhance health delivery, would be embarked upon as projects-targeted activities within the partnership period.
The acting Executive General Manager indicated that the company is committed to health issues in its catchment area, hence, the development of a Health Support Programme and the subsequent interventions.