Rosebel Gold Mines donates medical equipment and supplies to medical clinics in Brokopondo

News 2018
17 May 2018

Together with its partners from the Surinamese Ministry of Health, the Medical Mission, the Diakonessen Hospital and Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment), Rosebel Goldmines N.V. (Rosebel) recently  donated medical equipment and supplies to several medical clinics in the Brokopondo district as part of its commitment to Zero Harm through continued engagement with the local community.

Suresh Kalathil, GM of Rosebel, wearing (Surinamese traditional clothing) at the donation ceremony

At the donation ceremony, Suresh Kalathil, General Manager, Rosebel, affirmed that Rosebel will continue supporting the local community through sustainable partnerships, an essential foundation of community development. He highlighted the importance of high-quality health care within the framework of sustainable community development. Suresh expressed his delight that Rosebel’s community engagement programs have had a positive impact on the wellbeing of Surinamese society. 

Rosebel works closely with seven villages in the Brokopondo district (Balingsoela, Nieuw Koffiekamp, Marshall Creek, New Lombe, Kwakoegron, Klaaskreek and Brownsweg) where it has set up a multi-year health program to ensure proper health care. The program consists of the following activities:

  • Needs assessments for medical supplies
  • Donation of medical supplies
  • Capacity building for medical staff
  • Disease prevention awareness projects in the local community
  • Various projects carried out by the Community Relations Department

In collaboration with Project C.U.R.E., an assessment was carried out in 2017 at the outpatient clinics of these villages and the Diakonessen Hospital in Paramaribo to identify which medical supplies were needed. This assessment resulted in the donation of a 40-foot container of medical supplies and equipment.

Project C.U.R.E. is an industry leader in developing new ways to deliver medical goods and equipment of the highest quality to resource-limited communities around the world, and has been a valuable partner for this project. Providing necessary resources to these medical clinics helped improve the quality of health care in Brokopondo.

The final phase of this program is to carry out a number of medical missions to Brokopondo, where specialists will evaluate the quality of health care in the district and make specialist treatments available to the local community.

Delighted with the donation, the District Commissioner of Brokopondo, Kenya Pansa, said: “Investing in health care means investing in human capital. When we invest in human capital, we can better develop our community and our country.” Her remarks nicely capture IAMGOLD’s spirit in improving the health care of Suriname as we keep striving to reach the highest standards of human health and safety for all our stakeholders.