Access Bank Ghana held a day’s Walkathon in ten regions across Ghana in furtherance of the bank’s commitment to support the fight against Fistula in Ghana. The walk was part of Access Bank Ghana’s ‘Fist against Fistula’ campaign, designed to respond to the high incidence of Fistula cases in Ghana and to support Access Bank’s larger contribution to realizing the SDGs.
The 10km walk symbolized the Bank’s 10th year Anniversary in Ghana and the walk was used to both raise awareness about the health condition and to fundraise for the National Task Team for the Elimination of Obstetric Fistula.
Some 1,300 guests, partners, customers, community leaders and employees of Access Bank Ghana participated in the walk, including the Deputy Minister for Health Ms. Tina Mensah.
Managing Director of Access Bank Ghana Mr. Olumide Olatunji said the bank launched the ‘Fist against Fistula’ campaign in August 2018 to help treat women affected with the disease and reintegrate them into society. Mr. Olatunji announced that, that one year on, the Bank successfully financed the treatment of 100 Fistula patients at the Mercy Women’s Catholic Hospital in Mankessim.
Mr. Olatunji called for more collaboration among stakeholders in phase two of the campaign to intensify the advocacy, help remove the stigma and attract funds to finance more surgeries for affected women.
Access Bank’s campaign has so far attracted several partners including the following:
- Ministry of Health
- Ministry of Gender and Social Protection
- National Task Team for the Elimination of Obstetric Fistula
- Kaysens Gaisie Ltd
- Kasapreko Group
- Mercy Women’s Catholic Hospital and others.
The Fistula campaign was recently adjudged ‘Health Project of the Year’ at the 2019 Sustainability and Social Investments Awards. It also earned the bank ‘Best Company in Specialty Healthcare Support Project’.
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