‘Giving Back to Ghana’ – Committed to a Better Future

In addition to conducting an ethical business policy, sourcing materials, expertise and staff locally where possible, respecting local sensitivities and needs through engagement and inclusivity, NMSI is committed to supporting the development of the countries and communities in which we work. Reflective of our ethos and our passions for sport, health-care and local economies we have developed a responsive and robust ‘give-back’ programme as part of our CSR strategy aimed at making a positive contribution to those areas we are working in.

Funding Priorities

HEALTH

We see good-health as a key driver of economic and social development and therefore support organisations offering vital health services, infrastructure and education to under-served communities in a variety of thematic areas.

SPORT

We are passionate about sport, and rugby in particular, targeting projects using sport as a tool for development. We are supporting the Ghanaian RFU in building the capacity of their national team and creating a home for Ghanaian rugby. We are also partnering with the UK’s Tag Rugby Trust to bring rugby into schools and communities in Ghana, in addition to leadership and key skills.

COMMUNITIES

Our commercial work in Ghana is in a number of communities – many of these are remote and dealing with social issues. We target a portion of our financial and technical assistance to community-based projects in geographical areas surrounding our work. We particularly support educational projects.

NMSI Partners & Projects

NEWS

NMSI Support the Ghana Institution of Surveyors Annual Seminar

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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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“Prevention is better than cure” – GIZ Update

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NMSI’s partnership with GIZ has progressed well over the last few months, with the foundations being laid for the initial roll out of the ‘Prevention is Better than Cure’ programme being headed by Miriam Sai, Genelec Support Services’ clinical specialist.”

The programme has progressed well and on 2 September, it was introduced to local Dodowa Community leaders and stakeholders, who have consented for the project to be rolled out into the
wider community. This is great news as this community engagement was always going to be crucial for the success of the programme.  It is also a great step forward in promoting preventive health measures and starting to educate communities on how to avoid risks to health and prevent illness. This is believed to be one of the fi rst preventive health care programmes in Ghana.

The aim of this program is to provide:

  • Access to information on preventive health in hospitals
  • Trained staff for consultation on preventative health measures
  • A bridge between traditional and modern medicine
  • Targeted information on high risks such as malaria, TB, HIV, waterborne viral illnesses

The programme will provide for:

  • Training for 30 Community volunteers and 18 Nurses from three local communities
  • A 14-day Community sensitization programme delivered by the trained staff
  • A 10-day screening program (BMI/Hypertension/Blood Sugar/Breast Screening/Nutrition) for the three local communities

The launch of the programme will take place at the Shai-Osudoku District Hospital in Dodowa, built by NMS Infrastructure under the Built To Care District Hospital programme and fully handed over to the Ghana Health Service in August 2016, with three communities having been identifi ed to participate within this programme. GIZ will be working closely with the Ministry of Health on this and if the pilot proves to be a success, it will be rolled out into other African countries.

Further updates to follow in the coming issue of the Ghana CSR newsletter.

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Record-breaking cycle ride in aid of ACU in Ghana!

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Charles Stevens and Will Hsu, son of NMSI Deputy Chairman Frederik Hsu, can now lay claim to being two of the youngest people to ever cycle the Silk Road, as they reached Tehran on the 5th September to a rapturous welcome from family and friends. They were also congratulated by HE Nick Hopton, the newly appointed British Ambassador to Iran, in the elegant surroundings of the
recently re-opened British Embassy in Tehran.

Their epic cycle ride, that began in Beijing on Sunday 15th May, totalled over 10,000km in some of the harshest and least-travelled parts of the World. In the last few weeks alone, they endured searing temperatures daily, frequently in the upper 30’s and over 40 degrees celsius.

Speaking from Tehran, Will said: “It has been a trip of a lifetime, with its highs and lows, but we couldn’t be more grateful for everyone’s support, which helped us through the hardest moments”

The boys have achieved their fundraising target but any post-completion donations would be most welcome, as 100% of funds raised goes direct to supporting the ACU School at Ayenyah!

More info: beijingtotehran.com

To donate: justgiving.com/beijingtotehran

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