AN ESTIMATED 5 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO APPROPRIATE HEALTHCARE GLOBALLY THANKS TO REVENUES FROM DIAMONDS.
Revenues from diamonds have enabled governments and health organizations to greatly improve existing public health services and provide new health services to those who have never had them before. Diamond revenues have funded more hospitals, more medical centers and more hospices, ensuring healthcare is extended to millions of people.
Diamond-funded health projects extend beyond just building hospitals. Debswana, a mining company in Botswana, recently became the first mining company in the world to extend free anti-retroviral treatment (ART) to HIV positive employees, their life partners, their children, and former employees for life.
- UNDP. 2005. Botswana Human Development Report 2005 http://www.undp.org/
- IMF. 2006. Botswana: Statistical Appendix http://www.imf.org/external/
- Debswana http://www.debswana.com/Debswana.Web/People/HIV+and+AIDS/
- Rio Tinto http://www.riotinto.com/SustainableReview/health/programmes/default.aspx