The Green area clinic is located within the green area of the mine. The primary role of the clinic is the provision of medical surveillance services to the mine. Additionally the clinic is able to see clients with urgent primary health needs, as well as act as an additional emergency response resource for the health services department. This is an occupational health clinic.
The Blue Area clinic is the mine’s emergency station within the mine. It is equipped with an advanced life support four-wheel-drive ambulance, and is manned by qualified health professionals at all times. It is designed with possible mine emergencies or disasters in mind, and is led by an emergency response officer. It is also capable of delivering primary health care to employees.
The Debswana Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) Fund Trust was established in May 2001 through a Deed of Trust and hence registered with the Deeds Office. Its main objective then was to provide financial assistance in the form of a subsidy (100% subsidy) for management of HIV & Aids for HIV positive employees, their legal spouses and dependents through a comprehensive Disease Management Programme. The Fund has since grown and expanded its scope from a purely HIV & Aids Programme to a Wellness one offering the following services:
• Disease (HIV/Aids) management programme (Antiretroviral treatment)
• Lifestyle management programme (wellness education and promotion)
• Employee Assistance Programme (Psycho-therapy and counselling)
• Employee Financial wellbeing Programme
The ART Fund is funded through a defined benefit by eight contributing employers, namely; Orapa & Letlhakane mines, Jwaneng Mine, Debswana Corporate Centre, Diamond Trading Company Botswana, De Beers Global Sightholder Sales, De Beers Holding Botswana, Morupule Coal Mine and Debswana Pension Fund). It membership to date is approximately 5 500 employees.
Recently, the Fund has reviewed its strategy. The new strategy incorporates all the wellness legs. There is a need to vigorously communicate this operational strategy to the whole business at all levels. Our desire is to promote and reinforce mindsets and behaviours towards 'My health, my wealth' of what is expected of our employees. For this to happen, all employees must be fully aware of what the Wellness services and the benefits to their general health and wellbeing. The organization must also become aware of the values of the wellness programme to production.
There is a plan underway to rename the Fund from ART Fund to Wellness Fund, this is to indicate the move from solely focusing on HIV treatment to cover wellness holistically. The new strategy is pillared on the following;
• Vision: An enduring and impactful contribution towards employees' wellbeing.
• Mission: To Improve productivity in the workplace by empowering employees to make positive lifestyle choices through the delivery of innovative wellness solutions.
• Core Purpose: Promoting wellness to achieve superior results.