“Contribute to the development of the communities in order to generate a positive impact at those locations where we are present.”
At ECCBC not only do we try to adapt to our consumers but we are also convinced that together we can contribute to create sustainable communities, which also helps to develop our business correctly.
- Medshare: By strengthening communities, we strengthen their health systems.
- 5by20: By empowering women, we improve the lives of their entire families and communities.
- Barraquer Project: Fighting against the first cause of blindness: cataracts.
- The Path to Light: By conducting eye examinations and providing glasses to children.
- Ebola: emergency response: By collaborating with Governments and the Civil Society and offering resources and knowledge.
The Medshare program supplies 12-meter long containers by sea that include medical equipment for hospitals of the countries where ECCBC operates.
The supply of this medical equipment helps to improve local healthcare infrastructures and cover the hospital needs that may arise.
African women dedicate 90% of their money to their family and community. They are the pillars of the communities. By empowering women we improve the lives of their entire families and their communities.
Within ECCBC, Ghana and Liberia were the first countries that saw the launching of 5by20. In 2014, ECCBC implemented the program in Gambia and Cape Verde. Until 2016, we have empowered more than 10,000 women through the 5by20 program. We expect to launch it in 4 other countries: Mauritania, Sierra Leona, Guinea Conakry and Morocco, with the goal of reaching out to 13 ECCBC countries.
Since 2014, the Barraquer Foundation and ECCBC organize joint expeditions to conduct cataract surgery in underprivileged communities in the countries we operate.
Cataracts are the number one cause of blindness globally. People who undergo successful surgery for curing cataracts and blindness become fully autonomous. As a result, each surgery allows two people to return to their jobs.
In terms of per capita income, the impact of these expeditions in 2014 equals over four million dollars.
The actual impact of each expedition on the local population is incalculable.
The path of light
In 2014, The Path of Light, ECCBC and FICASE launched a program that provided medical checks for 4,200 children in Cape Verde during four consecutive years. Those with vision problems will be provided with prescription glasses.
Ebola: emergency response
In 2014, the Ebola epidemic broke out fiercely in Sierra Leona, Guinea Conakry and Liberia, affecting over 22,000 people. The main weaknesses in the fight against Ebola were the lack of medical equipment in hospitals such as masks and gloves in addition to logistical problems that have affected healthcare personnel. Difficult access to drinking water was also an important hurdle since dehydration is one of the main consequences of Ebola.
To face these challenges, TCCAF, TCCC and ECCBC have collaborated with Governments and the Civil Society by offering resources and knowledge with three strategic priorities:
- Protecting and supporting our employees and their families
- Supporting the communities
- Improving the healthcare system and protecting healthcare personnel
We have implemented safety measures for securing access to our plants, provided training on the ways to avoid infection and we have also supported the communities by donating healthcare and economic means (through a solidarity campaign involving ECCB employees from countries not affected by the virus) and by distributing drinks and food.