Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Helping Babies Breathe



Neonatal Mortality

Ghana has gradually reduced its neonatal mortality rate although in 2016 it still remained more than two times higher than the Sustainable Development Goal target. Ghana is on par with the level achieved by the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) and lags behind those classified as low and middle income.  There is also a significant difference between the neonatal mortality rate in urban and rural areas.

It is widely acknowledged that supervised delivery reduces the risk of complications and infections during childbirth, thereby decreasing both neonatal and maternal mortality. The 2012 Ghana Demographic Health Survey shows that three quarters of all maternal deaths occur during birth and the immediate post-partum period as a direct result of low levels of skilled birth attendance. Ensuring care provided by skilled professionals during pregnancy and childbirth is a critical intervention for safe birth and motherhood.

Neonatal resuscitation training in 2015

In 2015 Golden Star and the Golden Star Development Foundation partnered to bring the Project C.U.R.E. Helping Babies Breathe program to our Wassa East catchment communities. The 4-day neo-natal resuscitation training for 40 health professionals resulted in immediate tangible benefits.

In a brief testimony Ms. Comfort Yamoah, Physician Assistant and Head of Ateiku sub-district health directorate at the time, observed that the training was a tremendous opportunity for improved delivery skills. She noted the program had led to improved neonatal survival and reduced referrals to other facilities, and the supply of equipment was well-timed as most facilities lacked these resources.

The District Public Health Nurse, Ms. Patience Otoo, said that neonatal death had decreased from 1.1% to 0.06% per 100 live births from 2014 to 2015 in just one year since the program inception!

With the success of the program, in 2017 Golden Star raised funds to support two further Helping Babies Breathe programs. They were conducted for over 70 health professionals from our Prestea Huni-Valley and Wassa Amenfi districts in March 2018!

Widening the Scope of the Project

With the objective of bringing neonatal resuscitation training to our other catchment communities, in 2018 Golden Star again partnered with Project C.U.R.E., Ghana Health Services and the Ministry of Health to deliver the invaluable Helping Babies Breathe Program.

The Helping Babies Breathe program was  delivered to over 70 nurses and encompassed additional Master training for six of the program participants.

Trainees in a practical session

All successful participants were provided with resuscitation and suction kits, as well a certificate of participation. Master Trainer kits were also provided to each of the six Master trainers, who will now provide ongoing training within the Ghana Health Services system to further expand the availability of skilled birth assistance. 


Helping Babies Breath trainees and Master trainers

Project C.U.R.E facilitating the Helping Babies Breath (HBB) Training

Immediate Impact

Professionals from Wassa Akropong Government Hospital, Prestea Government Hospital, Esikuma CHPS, Insu Siding CHPS, Aboso Health Centre, Himan Health Centre and Bogoso Health Centre participated in the training, with Master trainers also selected from amongst these locations. 

Within less than a month, the Master trainers at the Bogoso Health Centre had already conducted ‘second generation’ training session to the wider staff group from the centre, with a further 20 people already trained under the program.

Trainees in a round table discussion with instructors

So let’s find out what the participants see as the impact of the program:


Wassa-Akropong Government Hospital


Evelyn            Margaret            Bernice            Zakia              Millicent

“I have attended workshops before but this workshop is a very important one. Neonatal mortality in the district and Ghana is still high. This training has really made an impact on me and I know it will have a great impact on my community. I really appreciate Golden Star and its partners.”

“I am really impressed and excited, having learnt a lot and improved my skills. I believe it will go a long way to improve the way we go about things and I am very grateful.”

“This is one of the best and most powerful workshops I have ever had.”

“This workshop has been very educative and has enlightened me to some new practices and has opened my eyes to the bad ones we practiced before. I thank Golden Star and their partners for a well-considered program and a job well done.”

“It was a very interesting and helpful program to me as an individual and my clients. The training made me realize that we were doing so many things in the wrong manner. Now that we know the standard and best practice, we will do our best to make all changes implemented.”

Bogoso Health Centre

  Sarah                  Daphne

“Being a master trainer has helped and benefited me in so many ways and I am very thankful that I was selected. In fact it has shaped and improved my skills and it has also helped my facility because I have been able to train some of our staff. Soon the others will follow and every worker in my facility will be ambassadors of helping babies breathe!”

“As a Master trainer my learning is more intense and I am aiming to create a safe and positive learning environment like I had. We are teaching birth attendants about how to care for newborns to reduce neonatal mortality. Practice they say enhances perfection. I thank my facilitators and Golden Star and we promise to be neonatal live savers.”

Prestea Government Hospital

   Jonathan               Linda     

“The program has been very effective and purposeful and I have learnt a lot of new skills. Though we were doing the things expected of us in our facilities, they were not the best.  I learnt new things like how important it is to ensure skin to skin contact between the mother and the baby to ensure warmth for six hours before a bath and the best way to treat and talk to our clients. Well done Golden Star.”

“The training taught me a lot of things and with this knowledge acquired, I trust that I will be able to improve the knowledge to others as well. As a master trainer this will help me train the staff and organize refresher trainings for them, most especially those of us in the maternity unit so that we keep ourselves updated all the time.”

Esikuma CHPS, Insu Siding CHPS, Aboso Health Centre, Himan Health Centre

        Wisdom         Helena          Rakia             Mercy             Helena            

“I thank the organizers and our facilitators for equipping some of us with these important and educative best standard practices.”

“As a master trainer I have acquired a lot of knowledge and potential that will help me train my colleagues and keep our babies alive. Being part of the master trainers has built my confidence so much and is an opportunity to help others as well. I am grateful to my instructors and Golden Star and I promise to implement what I have learnt.”

“This training is very educative and has taught us how to prepare an emergency plan so that during delivery we can manage cases without panicking.”

“I am grateful and happy as a master trainer. It has improved my skills in neonatal resuscitation and things have been put in place to train the rest of the workforce in and outside our district. Thank you Golden Star for always having us at heart.”

“I believe this training is very necessary and important. I didn’t know that not every baby needs suctioning and this has empowered me to do more and to address specific needs for each baby.”

Master trainers in a demonstration session with their trainees

One Last Word

Philipa Varris, Golden Star’s Vice President of Corporate Responsibility conducts periodic reviews of all partnership programs to check the ongoing sustainability of the initiatives. Hear what she has to say:

“When conducting one of my reviews I was able to meet some health centre staff that had been trained under the Helping Babies Breathe initiative. I asked one young nurse what he thought and rather than saying how valuable the program was, he just pointed to a small toddler under a nearby tree.  I shrugged my shoulders as if to say “what do you mean?” and before I could finish, he said “I saved that baby’s life because of your program!” His declaration brought tears to my eyes. A precious life saved! Even more importantly, he was a second or third generation trainee – he had not been trained by Project CURE, but had been trained by one of the Ghana Health Services Master trainers! That is sustainability!”

If you'd like to find out more about Golden Star and its approach to CSR, please visit www.gsr.com/responsibility



Friday, 2 March 2018

Leading Ladies



 



Advancing the Status of Women

As we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018, this year’s theme calls for us to “Press for Progress” for equality, in terms of pay and status for women. The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report shows that if the rate of change does not improve, it will be over 200 years until real gender parity is achieved.

Golden Star recognizes the critical link between advancing the status of women and reducing the poverty burden and we are focused on empowering and supporting women.


Women in the Workplace


Lillian Awuah, longhole stope drill operator at the Wassa Underground Gold Mine

Golden Star employs women throughout our business. The mining industry is traditionally male dominated, but of our direct employees, 12% are female.  We employ 250 women in total and women represent almost 10% of senior staff (including three female vice presidents and two female Board members). This demonstrates our commitment to providing employment opportunities for women.

Valuing our Diversity


Members of the Wassa branch of the Golden Star Ladies Club

To further strengthen support systems for women, the Golden Star Ladies Club was inaugurated in 2010 to empower members to be advocates in the communities in which they live and to provide support, education and forums for uniting women.

Interest in the club lead to the establishment of branches at each mine site. With over 100 members, each branch develops and runs programs specific to their site and community needs.

Whilst the Ladies’ Club breast cancer awareness program has gained significant kudos, particularly through winning the Ghana Mining Industry Award Corporate Social Investment Project of the Year (see our December 2017 blog), it is not the only program of the Ladies Club. Read on to find out more…


Girl Child Education

The Ladies’ Club supports a number of programs focused on the education of girls and women. Through its girl child education program, pupils are educated about personal hygiene and they are encouraged to undertake science and technology studies.  They are also shown that mining is not only a business for men. This is to encourage and empower girls to challenge themselves and realize their potential.


A young lady at a school built by the Golden Star Development Foundation

Blood Donation Programs

In 2017 the Ladies Club held blood donation exercises at each mine in support of local hospital blood banks.


Blood donation provides benefits to the donors and receivers, with blood donors realizing health benefits including a reduced risk of heart attack, cardiovascular disease and cancer.


Throughout the 2017/18 programs, over 190 people were screened for blood donation, of whom, 115 qualified, making a significant contribution to blood stocks and potentially saving over 300 lives!
 

Blood donation at Golden Star’s Bogoso/Prestea mine

Managers, team members, contractors and community turned out in support of the events, all with praise for the Golden Star Ladies Club for promoting such valuable initiatives within the workforce.

Anthony, Esther, Samuel, Boniface, Patricia, Theophilus, McDonald, Kobby, Emmanuel and Robert - just some of our blood donation heroes!
               
Dr Djabatey Darko, Medical Suprintendent - Prestea Government Hospital
“Blood is life, as a popular local saying goes. Hospitals need blood to save lives. That is why it is essential for hospitals to have a blood bank. I am most excited about the use of organized groups for donations, as a large amount of blood can be collected in a day. That is why I am full of thanks to the GSR Ladies for organizing this blood donation program. The blood donated will help save the lives of very ill children and our maternal cases as well. Just a tea cup of blood could mean life or death for a child!”

Christmas with the Kids

In Ghana, Christmas presents a unique opportunity for family re-unions, to share love, to have fun and to celebrate the birth of Christ. The Ladies Club captures this spirit with children’s Christmas parties for local  school children.


 Dance time with the kids

Whilst there is plenty of fun, the programs are also held to motivate children to aspire to realize their potential.



Francisca Amponsah, Student- Old Subri D.A
“This is the first time I have celebrated Christmas with Golden Star and it was such a fantastic event. I am very happy to see all my friends together playing and having fun. I had so much fun that I didn’t want to leave when the program finished. Please continue to organize this often to make us happy and proud.”




Jennifer, Gifty and Dennis all enjoyed the day

Maggie, Salomey and Andrew show that teachers can also have fun!

The teachers expressed their appreciation to Golden Star too and proposed that in future years the children could showcase their talents though singing, quizzes and poetry!

If you'd like to find out more about Golden Star and its approach to CSR, please visit www.gsr.com/responsibility

Friday, 16 February 2018

Supporting Local Livelihoods

Enhancing Local Value Retention

Golden Star recognizes that vibrant regional communities rely on diversified economies. We continue to focus on supporting our host communities to retain a larger proportion of the value that is derived from the presence of our business.

A key part of our approach is to enhance the capacity of local micro, small and medium enterprises to attract flow-on business that previously would have been directed to larger regional centres away from our host communities.

Supporting Local Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises 

A study by the Prestea Huni-Valley District Assembly Business Advisory Unit identified that access to key business-related equipment for self-employed people would help to increase productivity and improve incomes.

Therefore Golden Star provided support to 432 micro and small business operators from more than 16 associations/industry groups through the donation of over 400 items of equipment.  Here are some examples of the donations:

44 agricultural producers received 113 farming tools, including processing machinery, dough mills, and driers
75 dress makers and hairdressers received 62 knitting, overlocking and embroidery machines
67 hairdressers received driers, sinks, sterilizers and other machinery
155 food vendors, bakers, cold store operators and butchers were given 228 tools including food pounders, gas burners, ovens, cooking utensils, tricycles, fur removing gas guns, and cold storage equipment
60 automotive garages, wood and metal/aluminum works operators received equipment including electronic automobile diagnostic tools, presses, wood polish spraying guns and sanding machinery
31 members of the Prestea Huni Valley District Association of Persons with Disabilities (PWD) were supported with canopies, plastic chairs and generators  for income generating activities

Robert Gyamfi, Community Relations Manager,
inspecting items to be donated

Beneficiaries involved in commercial cookery and food selling

Beneficiaries involved in cold storage


General Manager, Jerry Agala, with other managers
inspecting the items to be donated

What has been the impact?

One of the key impacts of the project has been the boost in productivity and efficiency for local micro, small and medium enterprises and the associated potential for new income streams and diversification. For example, where a taxi driver would previously have had to travel to Tarkwa for electronic fault diagnosis, he can now obtain these services in Prestea.

An added benefit has been the strengthening of  key trade and industry associations. These groups will act as a point of engagement for future entrepreneurs and they will provide peer support, information sharing, and they will enable bulk buying power and cooperative sales. The formation of associations in the agricultural trades is also expected to attract support from District and Regional agricultural authorities for agronomic extension and support.

As part of Golden Star’s support of the community and vulnerable groups, one of the associations that received assistance was the Association of People with Disabilities. This group received event-hosting equipment (such as plastic chairs, canopies and generators) that can be rented to community to generate funds for the association.


A beneficiary collects hair dressing equipment sterilisation unit

What do the recipients think of the program?

Let’s hear from the people who benefited from the equipment donations:

Victoria Kwofie, Cold Store Operator 
“Golden Star gave me a freezer as a way of supporting my business and that has been very helpful to me. It has provided extra space for storage and because it has low power consumption it has reduced my electricity expenses. It has also reduced my transport expenses and increased my sales because now I can buy in larger quantities in just one order. One thing I also liked was the training they gave us on business efficiency and good customer service.  I really appreciate Golden Star for this tremendous effort and for the love they have for the community.”



Ama Amoako, Food Vendor
“I received an iron pot and a gas cylinder which have improved and expanded my business,  increased my revenue and improved my living conditions,  making it easier for me to cater for my family. We pray that the company expands to be able to continue such support in the future. We thank Golden Star for such an initiative.”




Elizabeth Boto, Food Vendor 
“I needed some items to expand my kenkey (a type of local food) business but due to financial constraints, I was not able to buy them. Receiving these items is like a dream come true; I have incresed production, and expanded my business.  Considering the total number of beneficiaries, I believe the donation of the items has and will make a lot of impact and I will urge the company to repeat or organise more programs to support more people.”



Evelyn Arthur, Cold Store Operator 
“I thank Golden Star for these  items. I have been in business for over 5 years and all the fridges I use are old or broken down. At first I didn’t believe it when I heard about the Golden Star program as I thought it wasn’t feasible to support so many people, but Golden Star has again proved me wrong. Now I have a new fridge that allows me to store more and use less power. The donation has decreased my electricity bills, increased my sales, expanded my business and saved me the cost of buying a new fridge. Thank you Golden Star for the great support. Mbo ne edwuma pa.” 


Mohammed Yakubu, Executive - Butchers Association 
“I have worked for 38 years of my life as a butcher but have never seen any company doing this in the community before. Golden Star gave us items such as fridges, gas powered burners, and tricycles. We used to pay for the transport of animals to the slaughter house but with the tricycles we transport our animals with no stress and at no cost. Initially, we were using car tyres to roast the animals but they helped us understand the environmental implications and the health issues related to it and gave us the gas powered burner, which is the best and safest method to use. The fridges also solved the problem of preservation. We are so grateful to Golden Star for making our business grow and for every effort made. We hope that the company expands to continue with the support that has helped so many businesses to stand on their feet.”



Josephine Wilson, Executive- Hairdressers’ Association 
“We thank Golden Star for thinking about the livelihood of the community. We, as an Association, received 9 sterlizers, 4 sinks and 4 dryers which will go a long way to help members of the Association. Some members cannot afford these items and therefore cannot start their own business even though they have the skills. Now the Association has come to a consensus that anyone who comes to use the items must pay a small fee so that the money can be used to purchase more items and support those who are not in the Association and are in need but can’t afford to buy. We are thankful and we hope this initiative will be extended to other people as well.”


Paul Amponsah, Chairman - Tailoring and Seamstresses Association 
“Golden Star has done so well and has saved our Association from having to buy a new machine. Now the Association has its own knitting machine where people come and pay for their knitting to be done, which is helping the Association make money. Looking at the number of items donated that day, I believe it is a good thing they did. Well done Golden Star.”  



Lydia Bentum – Hairdresser 
“Purchasing a dryer and a sterilizer is costly and one needs to work for a while before acquring them. Because there are a lot of infections that can be spread from hairdressing, some people come to the salon but then leave because you don’t have a sterilizer. So I believe with the dryer and the sterilizer, people will start coming here and the additional dryer will help progress my business and increase sales. I really thank Golden Star for the impact they are making in our businesses and lives. I’m looking forward to seeing more development.”


Haggai Sampson – Apprentice Committee Chair 
“I look after the knitting machine donated to our Association and we use it to serve our customers and association members. We are making money because a lot of people come here to do knitting, which they pay for. With the money we are getting, the Association is planning on buying an overlocking machine, since it is also important in making the work easier. We are grateful to  the company for their donation because this machine is expensive but they gave it to us for free, which no other company operating  in this community has ever done. God Bless Golden Star.”  

If you'd like to find out more about Golden Star and its approach to CSR, please visit www.gsr.com/responsibility.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Malaria Safe

Malaria remains a leading cause of mortality and morbidity for Ghana. In 2016 it was a top cause of death for children in the Prestea Huni-Valley District, where the Prestea Gold Mine is located, and in 2015 the Ghana Health Service reported 23,773 cases in that District alone. 

Golden Star undertakes a number of malaria control programs, such as the spraying of residential buildings and offices, the supply of insect repellent sprays to employees, health education, and mitigation initiatives, including pathology testing and anti-malarial treatments.  As a result of these programs, the number of malaria cases reported has decreased by two-thirds over the last five years. 

Working in partnership

In line with our values to be malaria safe company, Golden Star and its partner, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication’s Program for Private Sector Malaria Prevention (PSMP), organized a training session for its employees and for the people living in our host communities.

Malaria champions for the Bogoso/Prestea Gold Mine
and its catchment communities after the training session

The objective of the training was to provide education about the causes, symptoms, complications and treatment of malaria.  It also aimed to raising awareness about how to protect yourself and your family from malaria by using an insecticide treated net (ITN) in order to maintain malaria safe company.
 
The team from Johns Hopkins facilitating the
malaria champion training


What was the result?

By the end of the training sessions, 100 people were trained as malaria champions: 53 from the Bogoso/Prestea mine and 47 from the Wassa mine.  Most participants said they hadn’t fully understood what causes malaria in the past or the significance of the steps you can take to prevent it.




Golden Star and its partners will continue to educate our employees and host communities to ensure we remain a malaria safe company.

What has been the impact?

Who is better to ask than the new anti-malaria ambassadors?

Sarah Asare, Nurse at Wassa Akropong Clinic
“I thank Golden Star and its partners for this initiative because they are helping reduce the burden on the health sectors.  This one day training course has been very educative and helpful. I want this training to continue because it will help create awareness and reduce malaria cases and I hope the company will organize these trainings more often for the communities.” 


Richard Amoah Baidoo, Safety Department at Prestea Underground Gold Mine
“I want to thank Golden Star for their commitment in ensuring the success of this training. It has been very interesting and much educative especially on the need to use an ITN. I used to have a different opinion about the ITN but I believe this training has helped eradicate that misconception. For me, I think it is always good to sleep under the ITN because we cannot stop malaria but we can prevent it.”


Collins Adjapong from Kofi Manee
“Usually, people think that using the mosquito net is not good and will make you feel hot but this training has actually taught me that sleeping in the net is the best solution to prevent malaria. One amazing thing that I discovered during the training was that mosquitos actually do not lay their eggs in filthy or dirty water but clean water, so even a cup of water left in your room uncovered can breed mosquitos and cause malaria. I want this training to continue and I would love if it if it was done every three months.”


Joyce Owusu Ampomah, Nurse at Bogoso Health Service
”Although I work in the health sector, there are some things I didn’t know about malaria before the training session. I knew that malaria can kill but I wasn’t aware that it can also cause problems to the brain like epilepsy and blindness. Now I think this knowledge will not only help me educate my patients and the community but also my family and children. I am very impressed and I thank Golden Star for this training, I will be glad if training programs like this can continue to help reduce the infant mortality rate and make Ghana a malaria-free country”


Eric Angmor, Community Development at Mampon
“I thought I knew a lot about malaria but the training today has been very good, especially on the use of the ITN. Most people say sleeping under the ITN is not conducive with regards to room temperature so they prefer using the mosquito spray or coil but this training has taught me that the best remedy to prevent malaria is the use of the net. The ITN is very effective, affordable and has a longer expiry date of 3 years. I think if we have something that is going to prevent malaria then it is about time we come together as a country to promote the use of the ITN, especially in the rural communities”


Marriam Abdulai, nursing mother from Bogoso
“I thank Golden Star for this training because it has really helped me as a mother. Malaria is something we all know about, but this training has taught me so much. Most of us have grown up thinking that unclean gutters and stagnant water breeds malaria but I got to know through this training that it is clean water that actually breeds mosquitos and its effects on children are more serious than I thought. As a mother I would encourage all mothers to take malaria very seriously and sleep under the treated net to save themselves and their children.”


Eric Asare, Nurse at Akyempim Clinic
 “This training was very impactful, even though it was a refresher course for me since I am already into malaria prevention.  I already knew the causes, prevention, signs, symptoms and the management of malaria but there was something new that I learnt and that was the number of batches that mosquitos lay their eggs. I learnt they lay eggs in 7 batches and within each batch they lay a number of eggs within 3 weeks. So for me, I think we should do more in terms of educating and sensitizing the community because if mosquitos are supposed to lay eggs in 7 batches within 3 weeks then it should tell you how serious the issue of malaria is. One exciting thing I heard was that the company is making plans to purchase ITNs for employees and probably some community members, which I think is a good initiative and the most effective way of preventing malaria. God Bless Golden Star.”


Ebenezer Annan from Kubekro
“This training has helped me to know how to keep my house and surroundings free from mosquitos because it is not the filthy places that breed mosquitos but cleans waters. So if I leave my bucket of water uncovered for days it could breed mosquitos. Another interesting thing that I learnt was that these coils and sprays do not kill the mosquitos but only make them feel drowsy and the only way to protect ourselves is the use of the ITN. I thank Golden Star and I hope to see more of such training.”


Isaac Boateng from Kubekro
“First of all I would want to thank Golden Star for organizing this training; it has really taught me a lot. I learnt that although there are a lot of types of mosquito but it only the anopheles mosquito that carries malaria. I also learnt about the best way to prevent ourselves from getting malaria which is the use of the ITN. This training also made me understand how malaria can affect the economy in terms of productivity; I therefore encourage everyone to sleep under the ITN so that the country’s productivity can increase”


Evelyn Adu Gyamfi from Akosombo
“This training has taught me about how important it is to use the ITN and how malaria can affect the country economically. Most people in my community complain about the effect they get when they sleep under the ITN, but through this training I have learnt that the ITN must be hung in the shade for 24 hours before use and this has made it easier to teach my community about how to use the net and what to do before using it in order not to feel too hot. Now I look forward to seeing a malaria free community.”


Regina Ampong from Akyempim
“I have learnt a lot through this training. I didn’t know much about the ITN, I have never used it before and the way people complain about it didn’t even make me want to use it. During the training, we were told that the net should be hanged under a shade for 24hours before use and this has begun helping my community because I came to teach them what to do.  I have also decided to get one for myself because it is better to spend a little to protect oneself than to spend fortune to heal yourself.”


Samuel Owusu Kumi, Supply Department at Wassa Gold Mine
“I realized there was more to malaria than I thought and I have come to terms with the actual facts about it. Usually we think every mosquito that bites gives malaria and every mosquito breeds in filthy places. It was after the training that I realized that even the anopheles mosquito knows what hygiene is, because it breeds only in clean water. I would say this is a very important thing I have learnt and that will go a long way to assist the community and our working environment.”

Patience Aninakor, Finance Department at Wassa Gold Mine
“Personally this training has taught me a lot about the effects and prevention of malaria. One thing I learnt was the use of the ITN and the Indoor Residual Spray (IRS). For me that was the first time hearing about the IRS and how it is even done.”






Afia Agyefi Nkansa, Geology Department at Wassa Gold Mine
“I know pretty much about the causes, prevention, signs and symptoms and management of malaria but one new thing I learnt through the training was the misconception I had about mosquitos breeding in filthy areas.  Another interesting thing that I learnt was that the use of the ITN can help reduce malaria to about 70%. Getting to know this statistics, I think I can now teach my community about how important it is to use the ITN.”


Adam Kofi Okyere, HR Department at Wassa Gold Mine
“I thank Golden Star for organizing this important training, it was a very interesting, interactive and educative program. Personally I think this is something that is going to help me, my community and the entire workforce. I look forward to seeing another informative and educative program.”





Benjamin Appiah, Programs Officer at Johns Hopkins University 
“This training has been very interactive and exciting, with a great number of participants. It has equipped and provided amazing opportunities for the selected employees of GSR and members of the catchment communities to have a good knowledge of malaria and how to prevent it. My team and I are looking forward to seeing a Malaria Safe company and catchment.  Ayekoo to Golden Star.”


Award recognition

At Golden Star, our people are our greatest asset so we always strive to be safe and to maintain a healthy workforce. Malaria prevention is one of the major health topics discussed during our safety meetings and tools box meetings.  We always strive to be a Malaria Safe company. 

As a result, Golden Star has been recognized with two Citations and two Malaria Safe Awards for instituting a formalized system of protecting employees, their dependents and its catchment communities from malaria. This award was presented by the Private Sector Malaria Prevention (PSMP) project of Johns Hopkins University/Center for Communication Programs which is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFIP).


HR Manager for the Bogoso/Prestea mine, Albert Soboh,
receiving the award


If you'd like to find out more about Golden Star and its approach to CSR, please visit www.gsr.com/responsibility.