GAC donates USD 250,000 to support UNICEF’s efforts against Ebola outbreak in Guinea
Conakry, Guinea 08 May 2014- Guinea Alumina Corporation SA (“GAC”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emirates Global Aluminium (“EGA”), has donated USD 250,000 to UNICEF today re-affirming its commitment to investing in the social development of Guinea and the wellbeing of the country’s residents, in particular families and children. These funds will be used in UNICEF’s efforts to support the Government against the current outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease.
UNICEF will use the donation to supply the affected communities with life-saving materials including: 45,000 bottles of chlorine for water treatment and disinfection and 25,200 bars of soap to prevent transmission of contagions. This will provide 22,500 households with the supplies needed to protect their families.
Additionally, UNICEF will continue its campaign to inform the affected communities about Ebola through its ongoing community sensitization programmes which help to prevent the spread of Ebola and reduce stigma.
These materials will bring the total amount of UNICEF’s distribution of soap to 864,686 and bottles of chlorine to 483,600, in addition to other materials since the beginning of the outbreak.
With no effective treatment and no vaccine against Ebola fever, the World Health Organisation has advised that education and hygiene are critical for containing and eliminating Ebola.
Accordingly, the UNICEF project aims to help limit the spread of the disease through public awareness of the risk factors for infection. “This is an excellent initiative to manage the Ebola epidemic, and GAC is pleased to be in a position to make this contribution,” said Mamady Youla (Director General: GAC).
“We are very grateful for the commitment of GAC to the children of Guinea,” said UNICEF Representative in Guinea Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoya, “their contribution to the fight against Ebola will go a long way to protecting families.”
To date, GAC has built six schools, four health posts, and three community centres; and drilled 23 community wells in Guinea. A further three schools and two health posts are under construction. The company has also engaged in vital community engagement activities such as adult literacy courses, road safety, education programs on HIV and AIDS, and malaria management programmes.
Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC (“EGA”) is a jointly-held, equal-ownership company formed by Mubadala Development Company of Abu Dhabi and the Investment Corporation of Dubai by combining their respective aluminium industry interests. EGA’s core operating entities are Dubai Aluminium PJSC (“DUBAL”) and Emirates Aluminium PJSC (“EMAL”), whose combined annual production capacity is set to reach 2.4 million tonnes per annum (“tpa”) by mid-2014, which will make EGA one of the world’s leading aluminium producers (by volume). The UAE-based EGA also owns Guinea Alumina Corporation (“GAC”), a strategic bauxite mine and alumina refinery development project in Guinea (West Africa). In addition, EGA has plans for significant local growth and international expansion.
Guinea Alumina Corporation (“GAC”) is a strategic multi-phased development project. Initial steps include creating an enabling infrastructure, including a new port and rail upgrades; followed by the development of a bauxite export mine and, in time, an alumina refinery.
GAC already holds an 80-year mining concession over an estimated 1.3 billion tonne bauxite deposit - equivalent to about 16 per cent of Guinea’s total bauxite reserve. The company has two established offices: one in Conakry (the capital of Guinea), the other at Tingalinta, where the concession is located (and thus where the mine and refinery are to be built).
Preliminary studies will begin this year on the mine, port and rail began in August 2013 and the current project pre-feasibility study is progressing well. The 6 million tpa bauxite mine and 15 million tpa port are on track for completion in late 2017. The development of the alumina refinery (with a capacity of 2 million tpa) is on the cards for 2022.
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