Tasiast receives award for investment in health programs

Earlier this year, Tasiast was honoured by the International SOS Foundation for its investment in healthcare programs in the ‘Remote Healthcare’ category, ranking 3rd out of 25 global companies.

The SOS Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that aims to improve the health, safety, security and well-being of people working internationally. The Foundation honours companies that make priority investments in healthcare for employees and community members in remote areas of the world.

Examples of Tasiast’s healthcare initiatives include supporting mobile clinics in remote areas around the mine site, offering consultation and treatment to 16 local villages, and providing US$4.3 million worth of medical equipment and supplies to Mauritania through our partnership with Project C.U.R.E.

Other examples includes a veterinary program that has helped vaccinate more than 7,000 livestock against plague and small pox, and a water hygiene and sanitation program.

Tim Peterson, Regional Health and Safety Director, West Africa, received the award on behalf of Tasiast in Berlin, Germany.

“This award recognizes the health and safety culture we implement at Kinross. It also shows our commitment to help local communities and provide them with better access to healthcare facilities and services from clean access to water to ensuring that vital medical equipment is available,” said Mike Sylvestre, Regional Vice-President, West Africa.

A photo from one of Tasiast’s mobile health clinics. Last year alone, the site gave 4,500 free health check-ups using nine vans that were turned into mobile medical clinics. These services are essential for the remote communities in the desert where there is limited to no access to healthcare.

Tim Peterson, Regional Health and Safety Director, West Africa, accepts the award in Berlin