Kybele recently approached Access Bank senior executives and Managing Director, Dolapo Ogundimu, with a request to assist in the renovation of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Ridge Regional Hospital in Accra, Ghana. Access Bank has already allocated funds to revamp the labor ward at Ridge Hospital as part of its employee contribution program, which designates funds donated by employees for worthwhile local causes. Access Bank had exhausted their 2013 funds, but Kybele President, Dr. Medge Owen pleaded with the corporate team to consider one more initiative.
“It is wonderful that a mother can deliver her baby in a more comfortable facility, but it is even better for the woman to be able to take her baby home alive.” said Owen
The NICU at Ridge was desperately overcrowded and needed expansion to prevent infection and to accommodate live-saving machines that were to be donated by East Meets West Foundation’s Breath of Life. In fact, the donation hinged on the successful completion of the expansion. Access Bank stepped in by providing a contractor and funds to complete the project. Within eight weeks, the project was complete. The NICU’s capacity doubled, and equipment was donated to provide respiratory support for premature newborns. Kybele wishes to thank Access Bank for its commitment to serving the local community.
About Access Bank
Access Bank is a leading bank in Ghana. Access has won numerous awards promoting responsible corporate citizenship through initiatives and programs that address economic, health, social and environmental challenges. The bank’s Employee Volunteering Program has allowed employees to give their time, expertise and other resources in support of projects of real value to the communities in which the Bank operates. It is a challenging time for business, but this is a sign that companies are transforming their businesses to make a positive impact on people and society and are prepared to lead by example.