Newmont Supports Second Annual C.U.R.E. Clinic in Suriname
In March of 2015, Newmont helped Project C.U.R.E. run its first ever clinic in Suriname. In June of this year, a team of eight volunteers returned to the country to assist local medical staff at clinics near Newmont’s Merian Gold project.
During the week-long trip, the team of volunteers saw over 400 patients at four sites in the area. Healthcare outside of the principal city of Paramaribo is scarce due to the remoteness of many of the communities. At Ofia Olo, one of the healthcare facilities near our operations is only open one day per week and is run by a nurse because there is no doctor available. Given that resources are stretched thin in this area, it was one of the busiest sites for the Project C.U.R.E. team.
In addition to providing much-needed medical check ups, Project C.U.R.E. volunteers helped promote health awareness and provided educational training to local medical staff.
“The main accomplishment at the last three sites was our doctors discussing hypertension with the local nurses. They sent patients who needed medication directly to these nurses and consulted with them on treatment as well as preventative care for these patients,” said Jennifer Manhoff, Director of Clinics and Training Programs for Project C.U.R.E.
Translators from Newmont were on hand to help the Project C.U.R.E. team members communicate with patients, an experience that Jennifer was grateful for: “Working with the Newmont volunteer translators was a great experience. They really enjoyed working with us and took their work seriously. We enjoyed working with them too!”
In 2015, Project C.U.R.E. Clinics helped bring more than 100 volunteer medical and non-medical professionals to developing countries around the world, providing free care to nearly 5,000 patients. Together, Newmont and Project C.U.R.E. continue to work to foster change in the global healthcare sector.