Desmond Tutu Lauds Anglogold's Investments in Malaria Eradication

Stephen Odoi-Larbi | 27 Sep 2010
The Ghanaian Chronicle
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has lauded AngloGold Ashanti for its contribution in the eradication of malaria in the country.

The Archbishop who paid a courtesy call at the offices of the company in Accra as part of his visit to Ghana last weekend emphasised the need for corporate institutions to give back and impact positively on the communities in which they operate in.

According to him anyone who impoverishes all others to gain wealth would end up spending more to protect that wealth and thus lauded AngloGold for ploughing back some of their investments into the community's development.

He was optimistic that the programme would be sustained to contribute to Ghana completely eradicating the incidence of malaria and its attendant maternal and child mortalities.

AngloGold Ashanti in 2005 launched its malaria control programme to tackle the malaria menace in its host community in Obuasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana with an initial investment of $3million with an objective of reducing malaria incidence in Obuasi by 50% in two years.

"Over the past 5 years, AngloGold Ashanti as the sole financial contributor has spent $8.3million to the end of 2009 and malaria cases in the Obuasi municipality have reduced by 75%."Noted ,Dr Toby Bradbury, Senior Vice President of AngloGold Ashanti at the programme.

According to him, based on the enormous success of the Malaria Programm, the Global Fund, the Switzerland based organisation dedicated to fighting HIV, Tuberculosis and malaria, has chosen AngloGold as its first private corporate body in Africa to upscale its programme to 40 other districts in the country.

Subject to government confirming tax exemption of the donor funds, the Global Fund will provide $130 million over 5 years in support of the project.

This programme according to him will benefit more than 3 million people and create 3,800 jobs.