Ecuador health project wins Canadian government award

Calgary, Alberta, (April 27, 2004) - EnCana's Integrated Community Health Initiative in Ecuador's Sucumbios province received Canadian federal government recognition on April 22, 2004. The company won the Improving Physical or Social Infrastructure Award, sponsored by SNC - Lavalin International, at the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters 12th annual Canadian Awards for International Co-operation in Calgary.

EnCana was one of nine companies honored at the awards presentation, which was part of International Development Days 2004.

The award is granted to projects implemented by Canadian companies in developing nations that, by improving economic or social conditions, create progress in the local economy with the aim of achieving sustainable medium- and long-term development to reduce poverty.

About the initiative

An integrative approach to health care has been undertaken in the Cuyabeno and Putumayo Cantons of the Sucumbios Province. This has made to happen through:

  • The building and operating of two medical clinics (one in Aguas Negras in Cuyabeno, the other in Tipishca in Putumayo). The construction of the clinics began in 2000, with the community providing the land and labour, and EnCana providing the technical support and materials;
  • Education on basic health care;
  • The training and provision of supplies to promote ancestral, natural medicines; and
  • The building of latrines to improve the sanitation of local communities.

Every 15 days, both clinics organize medical brigades to remote communities whose residents are unable to travel to the clinics. Reaching these communities can be challenging in this area - access is available only by foot (requiring mules to carry the equipment and medicine) or occasionally by boat.

The Integrated Community Health Initiative is being carried out by the company's Environment, Health & Safety and Community Affairs Department.

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