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Menstrual Health Programme – Update

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The menstrual health programme sponsored by NMSI, A Child Unheard (ACU) and Ruby Cup in conjunction with the NMSI-supported Community Health Planning Clinic in Ayenyah is progressing well.

The uptake of the programme within the community has continued to grow and there are now 83 women and girls who have been educated and trained in menstrual health and how to use the Ruby Menstrual Cup. The distribution of the Ruby cups started on the 9th January 2017, when the school re-opened after the festive break. Once distribution has been completed, the programme will be monitored on a monthly basis to ensure that the impact of introducing the Ruby Menstrual cups is understood.

The hope is that there will be improvements in both the girls and women’s health as well as seeing an improvement in the girl’s attendance at school.

NMSI Implement Continuing Professional Development Training Programme

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Lead contractor on this Built To Care Ghana project, NMSI prides itself on its Corporate Social Responsibility programme and are always committed in the upskilling and training of all partners it works with.

Adrian Crowley, NMSI Senior Commercial Manager, initiated a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme for the construction management team within Genelec – Soland – NMSI. As part of the initiative, procurement officer Ms. Cynthia Afi Dzakah helped coordinate, implement and moderate the roll out of the CPD programme.

Starting back in June 2016 and running every Friday for 6 months up to the end of the year, the programme covered a variety of topics:
• Best Practices for Identification and
Support of Claims
• Negotiation of Construction Claims
• How to Process Change Orders
• Bonds
• Pricing Structures
• Differing Site Conditions
• CPM Schedule Review and Analysis – The Method
• Cost Analysis

The programme also allowed for the young construction professionals to learn the art of project management in terms of: bringing a project in on time, managing teams and stakeholders, and working within tight budgets and to a satisfactory standard of workmanship.

The delegates who attended found the training extremely useful and confirmed it has enhanced their skills. They would like to thank Adrian Crowley and the team for their long term commitment and ability to support such a positive activity.

Every Little Helps!

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During November 2016 – Environment360, a charity sponsored by NMSI, contacted our CSR Manager to request some support with a landscaping project in Labadi.

While in the process of completing their work and preferring to avoid spending any more money than necessary, Environement360 asked NMSI whether they could borrow eight shovels. It may have seemed like a small and odd request but one that NMS Infrastructure in Ghana were happy to support.

Environment360 have since confirmed their project has been a huge success, whilst NMSI are glad to have played a small part in that process.

NMSI Support the Children of Old Fadama, Agbogbloshi, Accra

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On the 21st November 2016, Charlie Fisher (NMSI’s ICT Manager) donated the first consignment of educational books, clothes and games to the children of Old Fadama, which had been collected
by his wife Hilary.

The district of Agbogbloshi, Accra, is one of the most deprived areas in Ghana and West Africa. It is located adjacent to an extremely polluted wet land and life is not easy for the people of this district. NMSI Ghana friend, Sister Eileen (Franciscan Missionaries) who is a retired teacher, works in the district teaching children, who due to economic circumstances do not get a chance to basic education.

Sister Eileen also helps a local missionary (Missionaries of Charity) who recently built a school and a health clinic in the area. NMSI thought on how they could best help Sister Eileen and the collection for the school was started.

It is hoped that this is the first of many donations for Sister Eileen to then pass onto the Children of Old Fadama, so for anyone based in the UK who would like to make a collection of school books, clothes or games, please contact Caroline Young on cy@nmsigrp.com and send all donations to the NMSI office in Poole (5 Winchester Place, North Street, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1NX).

Thank you for your continued support.

NMSI, Soland and A Child Unheard Collaborate on Urgent Roof Repairs at ACU School

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During the months of October and November, NMSI enrolled Soland into one of our ‘Giving Back’ partners, A Child
Unheard, where they are now completing the urgent repair and renovation works to ACU’s school roof.

This project, partially financed by the funds raised by William Hsu (son of NMSI Deputy Chairman Fred Hsu) and friend Charlie Stevens from their epic 10,500 km cycle ride along the silk road for ACU, is a great milestone for Soland, as they gain their first, of what is hoped will be many, new contracts outside the ‘Built To Care Ghana’ district hospital programme.

This is phase 1 of the renovation programme at the school and sees the renovation of the kitchen, classroom and office block. This phase of works is well underway and is due to be completed by mid-November.

Richard Goodall, Director of Strategy – A Child Unheard Foundation, said “due to the condition of the roof at our school, we found ourselves in real need of a professional and compassionate construction partner. Thankfully we
found NMSI and Soland listened to our needs and they have exceeded our expectations. All of us at the A Child Unheard Foundation, the school and the children want to thank NMSI and their team for their fantastic help”.

Furthermore, Soland have employed labourers from the local Ayenyah community, in turn passing on and transferring long term skills to all those involved in the project.

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Menstrual Health Programme – Community Engagement and Training Begins at Ayenyah

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The menstrual health programme sponsored by NMSI, A Child Unheard (ACU) and Ruby Cup has started to be implemented through the ACU school in Ayenyah, in conjunction with the NMSI-supported Community Health Planning Clinic.

On 21 October an engagement session was held with the Chief and Elders of the local community to introduce the benefits of using a menstrual cup. This session was an opportunity to introduce the Ruby menstrual cup, as well as incorporate some basic menstrual health education. Sister Gracelove, from the Ayenyah Community Health Clinic, led the session which resulted in full engagement and support for the programme.

The first training session was held on 24 October with the teachers of the ACU School and the community health nurses, who will become the support and contact personnel for the girls going forward.

Studies have shown that girls can miss up to 20% of their schooling because they stay at home during a menstrual cycle. This absenteeism can cause some girls to drop out of school entirely, so it is hoped that this programme will improve the girls’ health and understanding of their menstrual cycle, in turn helping improve school attendance.

In total 25 pupils at the school, 8 teachers, 3 nurses and 37 women from the community will receive education and
training. This training will cover an introduction to the Ruby menstrual cup, how to use it and keep it clean and
hygienic, as well as basic reproductive health education.

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NMSI Support the Ghana Institution of Surveyors Annual Seminar

By | Abetifi, Dodowa, Fomena, Garu-Tempane, Giving Back, Kumawu, Sekondi, Takoradi | No Comments

On 28 and 29 October, the Ghana Institution of Surveyors held their annual seminar and it was with great delight that NMSI and Genelec Support Services (GSS) were asked to attend as part of the panel discussions.

Jacob Yalley, Head QS of NMSI-GSS, an up and coming chartered Quantity Surveyor, spoke about robotics in the
construction industry. His discussion included: on-site real time cameras, drone technology and project monitoring;
reliance on cloud computing and remote working; developing ICT systems on medical record (Mentisoft),
pharmaceutical and warehouse management systems; and communications with online conferencing for global workforce. The other panellist included a chartered quantity surveyor and a real-estate academic from a local university.

Damian Malins, NMSI’s Construction Manager and Projects Director, also gave a presentation to the delegates. This presentation covered the major steps in the construction process of the ‘Built To Care Ghana’ Hospital Project and how lessons can be learnt. He also discussed the key issue of work force management, highlighting the importance of employment from within the local community.

The seminar was insightful and informative and allowed a diverse amount of knowledge sharing. It also ensured that those who attended were better informed of the most up to date and new trends affecting their industry. ICT is becoming very important, and soon robotics in the construction industry will enhance productivity and efficiency in this field of works.

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NMSI and GIZ launch the “Prevention is better than Cure” project

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On 8 October, Germany’s International Development Organisation (GIZ) and NMSI launched a €1.3 million preventive healthcare programme. The event took place at the newly-built Shai-Osudoku District Hospital in Dodowa, where Dr Samuel Akaba, Director of Institutional Care Division, Ministry of Health, called on Ghanaians to be more responsible for their health. He said the race to get things done for the family could steal attention but knowing what can make “you healthy and less capable of achieving life goals and taking steps to stay healthy” is the best personal choice one can make.

Mr Hartwig Michaelson, GIZ Develop Programme Manager said that they are committed to building a healthier Ghana through development partnerships with the private sector. He said that the “Prevention is better than cure” concept was crucial to Ghana because the lack of access to preventive health measures was not only disadvantageous for the livelihood of vulnerable people but also has negative effect on the national health system and economy.

Finally, Dr Kennedy Brightson, Medical Superintendent at Dodowa Hospital, called on residents of the District and beyond to patronise the hospital’s preventive healthcare unit to check their health. The staff of the facility would provide support for “healthy patients”.

The programme will offer services for the education of infection prevention and control focusing on primary health risks, clinical screening including: body mass index, blood pressure and assessment of cardiovascular risk; education on tobacco and alcohol, and promotion of physical activity.

The launch proved to be a great success and it is hoped that the programme will become a contributing factor to reduced demand on Dodowa Hospital as well as improving healthcare in Ghana.

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Cycling UK Annual Awards winners!

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On Saturday 8 October, Will Hsu and Charles Stevens took centre stage at Cycling UK’s hugely successful Annual Members’ Get Together in Manchester, as joint winners of the Young Achiever of the Year Award!

School friends Charles and Will, who have both now started at university, pedalled 10,500km from Beijing to Tehran over 114 days this Summer, raising more than $50,000 for ACU in Ghana. They have also submitted a claim to the Guinness World Records to be recognised as the youngest people ever to cycle the length of the Silk Road.

Congratulations again to Charles and Will on their monumentous effort!

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NMSI Partners on a New Health Initiative

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NMSI and A Child Unheard have partnered with Ruby Cup for the launch of a new ‘Menstrual Health Programme’ to be launched next month. The programme will be implemented through the ACU school in Ayenyah and will be supported by the NMSI-supported Community Health Planning Clinic, adjacent to the school.

The menstrual cups, which are made from 100% medical grade silicone and re-usable for up to 10 years, are an eco-friendly and long-lasting solution to improving menstrual health, with Ruby Cup donating the first 100 cups to the programme free of charge. By introducing Ruby Cup into a community, it is hoped the programme will help improve the education of the girls on their reproductive health and menstrual hygiene.

Caroline Young, NMSI’s CSR Manager, said “it is great to be able to enter this partnership with Ruby Cup and A Child Unheard. Menstrual health is a hugely overlooked barrier to development and it has a significant impact on a girl’s health and education. Studies have shown that girls can miss up to 20% of their schooling because they stay at home during a menstrual cycle. This absenteeism can cause some girls to drop out of school entirely. With this partnership, it is hoped that we can improve the girls’ health and school attendance, whilst improving the understanding of menstrual and reproductive health within the community”.

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