powering improved health care in Liberia

Imagine a hospital that serves more than a million people operating without a reliable supply of electricity. Imagine that same hospital without a reliable way to transport staff to and from its facility.

This was a reality for Redemption Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. But now, thanks to Chevron's donation of a 150-kilovolt generator and a 32-seat staff bus, the hospital will be able to address these issues.

Chevron donated a 32-seat bus to Redemption Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.

Chevron donated a 32-seat bus to Redemption Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, to transport staff. Pictured here are Chevron community engagement manager Nadeem Anwar (left) and Tobias Bowen, Redemption Hospital administrator.

"This donation demonstrates our commitment to building partnerships in the areas where we do business," said Karl Cottrell, Chevron's Liberia country manager. "We look forward to developing more projects that will make a significant impact to the people of Liberia."

Chevron recently initiated a five-year, $10.5 million investment in Liberia's socioeconomic development to support Liberia's Poverty Reduction Strategy. Called the Chevron-Liberia Economic Development Initiative (C-LED), the program is designed to deliver sustainable economic benefits to women, children, and youth through activities focused on education, enterprise development and health.

Through our research and joint planning with the Liberian government, nongovernmental organizations and the donor community, C-LED initiated 13 projects directed primarily to the much-needed rehabilitation of infrastructure and the provision of equipment in education, enterprise development and health. The donations of the generator and bus are the first of these projects to be completed.

"Chevron and Redemption Hospital share the common goal of developing healthier citizens in Liberia," said Nadeem Anwar, Chevron's manager of community engagement. "This contribution will help them effectively conduct their mission to service the medical needs of the country."

Home to roughly 3.5 million people, Liberia is still recovering from the lingering effects of two civil wars that left thousands dead and devastated the country's economy. Redemption Hospital provides critical services to one-third of the country's population and is the only hospital that provides all of its services free of charge.

The generator will provide 24-hour electricity to the hospital, keeping its operating rooms lighted, allowing the X-ray machines to operate and providing air conditioning. The bus will allow for streamlined shift changes, handovers and attendance among the staff, most of whom do not have their own transportation.

"Chevron's assistance will not only boost the employees' morale but also improve patient care," said Tobias Bowen, Redemption Hospital administrator. "We appreciate this kind gesture from Chevron and are very grateful."

The company announced last fall that the Liberian government had granted approval for Chevron's acquisition of a 70 percent interest and operatorship in three deepwater blocks off the coast of Liberia. The agreement represents many firsts, including Chevron's first upstream entry into Liberia and the first Liberian blocks to be signed by an oil and gas super major.

Updated: March 2011

Published: March 2011