Documenting Community Health Initiatives of Mining Companies (2012-2013)

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Project Duration

1 year

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Value of Montrose Component



  • ICMM members implement community health initiatives in a variety of settings across the globe addressing communicable diseases, maternal and perinatal conditions, nutritional deficiencies as well as non-communicable diseases.
  • Such community health initiatives can be categorised as follows:
    • Global and regional health initiatives usually characterised by investment in an existing programme.
    • Communicable disease control initiatives in Africa and Asia addressing diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria among employees, their families and local communities.
    • Primary health programmes implemented by third parties in settings where government health systems are relatively weak, such as around many mine sites in Africa.
    • Support for health programmes implemented by local government where district health authorities have sufficient capacity to directly manage the project, such as in Latin America and Southern Africa.
    • Specialised health interventions often targeting marginalised communities, usually in remote areas of developed countries.


  • Montrose conducted an analysis of ICMM member companies’ investments in community health in order to fully understand the range of health-related investments that mining companies are involved in to help support better decision making in allocating resources to health interventions.
  • The specific objectives were to:
    • Identify and review the range of health interventions and relationships that ICMM members are involved in, at either an operational, regional, country or international level
    • Understand the types of arrangements that are in place to deliver these health interventions, and in particular how partnership approaches have been structured
    • To consider how companies have approached engagement or involvement with public or private sector partners, NGOs, or beneficiaries in such interventions
    • To review the extent to which these health interventions have been undertaken in isolation from or connected into broader health systems or externally-led initiatives
  • The analysis was conducted through in-depth interviews and literature reviews and a lessons-learned document was produced, which describes the range of health interventions, the different categories or typology of health-related partnerships and other interventions identified, and was supported by a number of structured case studies.


  • Lessons learned informed individual members’ engagement in health-related interventions, and provided a platform for collective engagement between members and other stakeholders on health-related issues.
  • The report is archived here.