Our commitment to the environment and local culture
Inter-Citic’s Humanitarian Projects
To maintain and protect the health of its employees on the Dachang Plateau, Inter-Citic provides on-site medical personnel. In addition to regular occupational health and safety duties, Inter-Citic has adopted a program at the Dachang camp to provide a free medical outreach service to local villages and nomadic herders.
As part of Inter-Citic's humanitarian aid project at Dachang, in 2005 it retained the services of Dr. Tim Cook FRCPC, MPH, DTMH, CD, who undertook a visit to Dachang to perform a medical needs assessment. Dr. Cook is a specialist of General Internal Medicine and Tropical Medicine, holds Fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) as well as a Masters of Public Health and a Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTMH) from the University of London, England as well as from the American Society of Tropical Medicine. He retired from the Canadian Forces Health Service in 2003 as a Lieutenant Colonel after 20 years of service and numerous international deployments. At the time of his retirement he was the Surgeon General's senior advisor in internal and tropical medicine.
Dr. Cook's findings included recommendations specifically to reduce high infant mortality rates and female deaths related to childbirth. He also made recommendations about basic medical needs related to infectious diseases, nutrition and access to health care issues related to a nomadic lifestyle. This humanitarian program was undertaken at very modest cost to the Company, but the effect on local lives can be enormous, particularly children. Inter-Citic's on-site medical personnel saw and treated both nomadic herding families as well as inhabitants of outlying local villages. More serious problems were diagnosed and referred to local hospitals for additional or longer term treatment.
After operating for more than six years in Qinghai, Inter-Citic has become a member of the wider community. Although the area where the Dachang Gold Project is located is sparsely populated, Inter-Citic’s humanitarian presence continues to be felt year after year. Local inhabitants with little access to medical care continue to visit our on-site doctors for both minor and major ailments. Simple cases – primarily illnesses and conditions suffered by women and children – are treated at camp. For more serious injuries and diseases we frequently provide diagnosis and transportation services to more distant hospitals so they can receive the medical help they need. In 2008, Inter-Citic made a large donation of medical equipment including an x-ray machine, operating room table, endoscopy instruments and important other supplies to the Women and Children’s hospital in Yushu.
In 2009 and 2010 Inter-Citic made a substantial humanitarian donations to the Red Cross for earthquake relief following two devestating earthquakes in western China, the last one being in the southern part of Qinghai Province.
Inter-Citic believes that our partnerships with all stakeholders at Dachang are of critical importance to the Company, and it is important that Inter-Citic take the lead and actively contribute to the well-being of local inhabitants at Dachang.