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18.05.2012 Health

Vodafone Ghana's 'Healthline' wins international award

Vodafone Ghana's 'Healthline' wins international award
LISTEN MAY 18, 2012

Accra, May 17, GNA - Vodafone Ghana's groundbreaking initiative, 'Healthline' has been awarded the Best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiative at the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), UK, Awards Ceremony in South Africa.

The awards ceremony, which was held to honour companies that have initiated outstanding supply chain management projects and to celebrate the best procurement practices across the African continent.

A statement issued by the company on Thursday said the telecommunications company won this international award specifically for how their supply chain management department used the best supply chain processes to implement the 'Healthline' project.

The Head of Supply Chain Management at Vodafone Ghana, Kobina Ata-Bedu explained his function's approach to procuring items – “We don't just focus on cost savings and efficiency alone but looking at the bigger picture of market leadership.

“Last year, we won the award for promoting the health and safety of people which shows our commitment to satisfy the people we serve. Supply Chain Management in Vodafone is maturing; our emphasis is now on ethical sourcing and sustainability which is again centered on people. We hope to come back next year with the news that we won that category as well.”

Speaking about the award, Carmen Bruce-Annan, Head of Corporate Communications at Vodafone Ghana said, “The Healthline initiative is a concept developed by Vodafone and it required a cross functional team across the business working together to ensure its successful execution.

“I'm very excited that the procurement function has received international recognition for their contribution to the project. The success of Healthline can attributed to the hard work of functions such as our Supply Chain team and we're proud of them,” she added.

Vodafone's Healthline TV and radio show uses a panel of qualified doctors to answer health questions submitted by members of the public. The show paid for the surgeries of over 50 hospital patients all over the country who needed life-saving procedures but could not afford it.

Vodafone Ghana last year was awarded the "Best Procurement Community Award" by the Chartered Institute of Purchase and Supply (CIPS) for employing excellent practices and process in implementing their Health and Safety projects.


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