Our History

  • Anglo Gold Ashanti (AGA) is a global gold mining company and the world’s third largest gold producer.
  • Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, the company has 17 mines in 10 countries and explorations in several other countries
  • In Ghana, the company operates the Obuasi and Iduapriem mines located in the Ashanti and Western regions respectively.
  • In 2004, the company identified malaria as the biggest public health threat to its operations in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • A comprehensive malaria programme was launched in 2005 to address this menace which was impacting productivity on the mine.
  • The programme involved prevention using Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS), insecticide treated nets, larval source reduction and environmental management.
  • Diagnosis & treatment, surveillance and intensive community sensitisation were also deployed.
  • The initial objective  was to reduce the burden of malaria by 50% within the first two years.
  • In 2005, the Mine Hospital recorded over 6800 malaria cases each month out of which 2500 were mine workers.
  • An average of 3 days taken off work per patient meant 7500 man shifts lost per month.
  • Slow work rate during recuperation resulted in a major loss in productivity.
  • Costs of medication for treatment of employees was over US$55,000 per month
  • The Government Hospital in Obuasi saw 12,009 cases per month,  48% of all Out Patient Department cases.
  • Malaria also affected school and work attendance within the Municipality.
  • In 2006, the company rolled out an integrated malaria programme in the entire Obuasi township with the support of chiefs, community opinion leaders and the Municipal Assembly.
  • Within two years, malaria cases recorded at the Mine Hospital had reduced by 74%, exceeding the initial goal of 50% set at inception.
  • AngloGold Ashanti invested an average of US$1.5 million into the programme annually and to date, has seen over 90% reduction in work absenteeism due to malaria.
  • The success of this programme has led to its replication at other AngloGold Ashanti mine sites in Mali, Guinea and Tanzania.

  • To establish effective, efficient and caring Malaria Control Program responsive to the needs of the community.
  • Our core business is to develop, implement and sustain a Malaria Control Program that is effective, efficient, economical, and measurable.

    The Program has continued to perform well and about 1,084,838 structures were sprayed yearly in a total of 17 districts which covers all districts in the Upper West and some parts of Upper East Region thus Wa municipal, Wa east, Wa west, Nadowli, Jirapa Lumbusie, Lawra, Sissala east, Sissala west and Builsa. And in the Western Region, Ashanti and Central regions, it covered Adansi north, Adansi south, Amansie central, upper Denkyira, Obuasi municipality, Ahanta west, Wassa west and Nzema east.

    AGAMal received an A1 rating by the Global Fund in November, 2012 for Grant Management and programmatic performance.
  • AGAMal was to scale up to 22 districts in 5 regions with Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) and a total job created as at June 30, 2013 was about 1200 in the implementing districts with a projected increase to over 3800 by December 2015.

  • Offices were established in each implementing district and resourced with vehicles, storage facilities and a management team of 4 to 7 per district. An estimated 1.8 million people have benefited from IRS in deprived and malaria-endemic communities.
  • The program continues to be a life-saver with many households extremely excited about the introduction of IRS into their communities. Preliminary data from sentinel sites are indicative of some modest gains with respect to malaria morbidity in implementing districts.

    The Program has enjoyed tremendous support and recognition from the communities, local government, Ministry of Health and the National Malaria Control Program to date. There are collaborations and partnership initiatives with reputable research institutions to strengthen the Monitoring and Evaluation component of the grant.
  • AGAMal implemented IRS in seventeen districts and earmarked to consistently scale up into new districts every six months until June 2015 when a total of forty districts will be reached but due to funding constraints from Global Fund, districts benefiting from IRS has been downscaled to ten districts.
  • Currently, IRS implementation is on-going in Obuasi and Upper West Region thus Wa Municipal, Wa West, Wa East, Nadowli, Jirapa, Lawra, Lambussie, Sissala East and Sissala West.

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AngloGold Ashanti (GHANA)Malaria Control

Limited Registered Office: Gold House/ Patrice Lumumba Road.

Box 2665, Accra Ghana

Email: info@agamal.org

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