BHP Billiton has announced a $25 million program to improve the health of women and children in Africa.
Led by PATH and BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities, the grant will be used for the new five year ‘Window of Opportunity’ project, which is designed to improve critical health and development services for pregnant women and young children up to two years of age, in South Africa and Mozambique.
Working closely with government and civil partners, the PATH program will focus on improving antenatal and newborn care, infant nutrition, child development practices, and the overall quality of health services and provision, as well as encouraging community engagement with the new services.
BHP South Africa chairman, Xolani Mkhwanazi, said the miner aims for the project to reach around 750 00 women and children.
“BHP has an overriding commitment to sustainable development everywhere we operate, and we are pleased to be a part of this important project that will impact positively on the lives of women and young children in South Africa and Mozambique.”